SOPA Coverage

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Jan 082012

A Media Matters study as reported by Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks said that the major networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox, and CNN have reported on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) exactly one time. Combined. One might have expected that such a controversial bill with so much active opposition would warrant a bit more coverage than once. After all, it has been in the pike for months. Apparently that would be expecting too much.

Perhaps the bi-partisan support it’s getting would be hard to explain given…

the vehement opposition of many major online players. Google, facebook, reddit, and others have come out in opposition. Reddit has been the most vocal about how this law would end the Internet as we know it. There is even a Google ap to identify web pages of companies who signed on in support of SOPA. There is talk about major sites, including Google, Amazon, Ebay and Yahoo shutting down for an entire day in protest and to raise awareness. A very expensive statement to make.

Could it be that to explain the congressional support for such an awful law requires admitting that it is based solely on money from the companies that stand to benefit the most? This includes the parent companies of the major networks who all support SOPA. Is it any surprise that it has been ignored? Throwing some money around congress goes a long way to convince our “representatives” of the virtues of even a terrible idea. Tah dah… bi-partisan! It is just so heart warming for congress to finally agree on something, well, not counting protecting us from those freedom hating terrorists.