Kentucky Blocks Blog, Blogs Strike Back
by cos, Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 12:44:59 PM EDT
This morning, Mark Nickolas of the Kentucky lefty blog Bluegrass Report started getting emails from employees of the State of Kentucky, telling him that they could no longer access the blog. It turns out that Kentucky's Commonwealth Office of Technology had blocked access. Coincidentally, BluegrassReport has been very critical of Kentucky's Republican Governor, Ernie Fletcher.
The COT may have thought this would blow over quietly. But when people discovered that access to a number of other blogs and party web sites were not blocked, and Bluegrass Report was being specifically targeted, other blogs began covering the story: Talking Points Memo and TPM Muckraker, Daily Kos, Atrios... and Kentucky soon started blocking some of them too.
Bluegrass Report is making running commentary and updates through the day as this develops..
They've got a hell of a filter - while COT has not blocked talkingpointsmemo.com, they HAVE blocked the TPM Muckraker article talking about the governor blocking BGR.... and just now ...
If the cover-up is worse than the crime, how much worse is the cover-up of the cover-up?
Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY), whose district includes the state capitol, has just come out firmly against the policy. "I believe the recent action of the Fletcher administration to block access to a handpicked number of blogs is a violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution," Chandler said through a spokeswoman. "This flies in the face of a fundamental right of free speech."Ben Chandler, you may recall, was Fletcher's Democratic opponent for Governor in 2003. When Fletcher was elected Governor, Chandler ran for the Congressional seat Fletcher had to give up, and now holds it.
This won't blow over quietly.