Saturday, June 23, 2007

FAQ: Why did you delete my comment? What happened to free speech?

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

First of all, I am not Congress and I have passed no law. The first amendment is directed toward government, not individuals, companies, media entities, etc.

Secondly, nowhere in the first amendment does it say that you have a right to air your opinion on my blog, my newspaper, my television show, or any other speech outlet that I choose to employ. Nor does it say you (or I) have a right to be heard. Your right under the United States Constitution is to express yourself via your own means. You have a blog and I cannot and will not make any attempt to stop you from writing whatever you want on it. If you don't have a blog, start one -- they're free. My blog, however, is mine. I can, have and will delete comments that I find disagreeable. I don't even have to have a good reason.


David T. Macknet said...

Nope - I've no right whatsoever to air my opinion upon your blog or anybody's but my own. Got that, loud and clear.

The interesting bit comes in not from Blogspot blogs, but from blogs which use typepad or wordpress or some of the other systems, because they allow an administrator to edit comments.

For example, I'd commented upon a blog a few weeks back (Just Hungry) and came back to the discussion in hopes of ... well, having some discussion. Instead I found that my comment had been edited. Radically edited.

So - yup, shut us down all the way, or not at all, but don't put words in our mouths. ;)

Chris Cope said...

Uhm, what davimack meant to say is that he thinks Mott the Hoople is the greatest rock band in Earth's history.

David T. Macknet said...

Yeah. Sorry. I really did. Truly. And I'm not just sayin that so that Chris will keep my comments on here, honest.

Was that good enough?

Sarah Stevenson said...

Mott the Hoople R-O-C-K-S!

So, having said that, do I get diplomatic immunity for any comment I choose to make forevermore?