November 16, 2007 · Lessig
So as readers of this site know, I represent Robert Greenwald (pro bono) in a some fair use matters. My first work was on his film Outfoxed. Robert has been continuing the campaign against Fox. His latest is a very clever set of attacks on the “indecency” of Fox News. (The purpose is to push the FCC to unbundle cable channels). Watch the video below and you’ll see the point.
Ok, so here is where things get weird. All of this content is content broadcast on Fox television. All of it thus passes the censors at the FCC. Yet
stories about Robert’s latest are now banned on DIGG. And YouTube requires you verify you’re over 18 to see the clip. (At 9pm, the story is #1 on Reddit, on the other hand.)
So it’s ok to broadcast this content to kids for the purpose of driving ratings and ad revenue, but banned for purposes of criticizing the (yet again) hypocritical Fox network. The conspiracy theories abound here. My guess is that some pro-free speech entities (
DIGG, YouTube) are just not thinking.
UPDATE: DIGG did the right thing. Read (and digg) Kevin’s correction of their mistake. Bravo.