Chris Dodd: These anti-SOPA websites are abusing their power

posted at 3:40 pm on January 18, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Oh, the hypocrisy! But what did you expect Chris Dodd to say? That anti-SOPA websites are doing all of us a service by standing up for free speech? Not likely. Still, it’s unfailingly astonishing that politicians like Dodd are so capable of saying the things they say without the slightest trace of irony. Nate Nelson of UnitedLiberty.org brings us the story:

The MPAA selected Dodd as its new head lobbyist chairman and CEO last year. Now Dodd is taking aim at Wikipedia, Google, and other websites involved in today’s protest against the SOPA/PIPA internet censorship legislation pending in Congress:

“It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.”

Did you get that? The man whom the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) once called one of the most corrupt members of Congress thinks the websites that are protesting SOPA/PIPA today are abusing their power. Speaking for the motion picture industry, he accuses these websites of “skewing the facts … in order to further their corporate interests.” I wonder what Dodd thinks his angle is here? Trust me, I know abuse of power? That Dodd is serving as the commander-in-chief of the Hollywood forces seeking to censor the Internet illustrates how important today’s protest really is. We’re fighting an uphill battle and need all the media attention and popular support we can muster. You can bet it’s no accident that less than a year after the MPAA hired a former five-term senator as its chief executive we’re seeing this heavy-handed anti-piracy legislation that the MPAA so desperately wants.

But wait — maybe Chris Dodd has a highly compelling justification for SOPA that helps us to understand why he thinks websites willing to sacrifice a day of hits to stand against it are so power-abusive? Actually, he does. According to Dodd, we shouldn’t care that the government wants to censor the Internet. After all, communist China does it.

Seriously. That is his justification. From an article in Variety magazine late last year:

Dodd, who assumed his post in March, notes that the idea of blocking sites is by no means unprecedented. Other supporters of the legislation note Internet providers already block criminal content like child pornography. Citing a more controversial practice, Dodd notes “When the Chinese told Google that they had to block sites or they couldn’t do [business] in their country, they managed to figure out how to block sites.”

While he was in the Senate, Dodd supported net neutrality, and we know from Dodd-Frank, too, that he’s regulation-happy. His support for SOPA comes as no surprise — but the hypocrisy of his criticism of SOPA-critical websites still appalls.

Incidentally, I do disagree with United Liberty’s Nelson on one point. At this point, I think the momentum is actually on the side of the anti-SOPA folks. Granted, if players like Chris Dodd are involved, the pro-SOPA contingent might find an unfair way to push this through — and Harry Reid remains committed to the passage of the Senate equivalent, PIPA — but Darrell Issa has said SOPA won’t make it out of committee until some kind of “consensus” is reached, Marco Rubio recently withdrew his support for PIPA and then, too, those “irresponsible” websites that blacked out today are awakening all kinds of awareness.


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The MPAA selected Dodd as its new head lobbyist chairman and CEO last year.

I caught a quick glimpse of Dodd at the Golden Globes the other night in the audience. Maybe he can do for Hollywood what he did for the housing industry. If 2011 ticket sales are any indication, he’s well on his way.

Doughboy on January 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Once a corrupt DICK always a corrupt DICK

400lb Gorilla on January 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

May he spontaneously combust for ignorance and abuse of power.

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

i hate DC and its critters!

nathor on January 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

A Friend of Angelo is a talking about abuse of power. They really are out of touch. That should be an advantage for republicans/conservatives/tea partiers.

earlgrey133 on January 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Where is the 200 pages of McCain oppo research on Romney thread?

See Drudge – even he, with Ann Coulter beating him up, posted it.

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Dodd is one of the chief architects of the housing bubble and subsequent crash. He ensured our financial collapse, now he is busy ensuring the collapse of our liberties. The man is a traitor to the Untited States. What a DICK!

NOMOBO on January 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Yoda speaks. The Farce is strong with this one…

Kraken on January 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Is Hotair/Townhall NOT using it’s power by not joining at least with some kind of banner proclaiming it’s opposition?

Mcguyver on January 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Chris Dodd is an authoritarian statist – no bones about it.

Red Cloud on January 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Why is Chris Dodd always on the immoral/illegal/unethical side of every issue?

VibrioCocci on January 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I don’t think it’s an abuse of power, but it is a lame stunt imo. They’d be perfectly happy with gov’t overreach if it helped to line their pockets.

changer1701 on January 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today.

No, it’s called the free market Chris. If I want to close my donut shop today, I’ll close my donut shop. I don’t need you to tell me how to run my business.

Oh, and there’s that pesky 1st amendment thingy too. I just may put a “Screw Chriss Dodd” sign in the window before I close.

BacaDog on January 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Doddering waitress-sandwichman makes final appearance in headlines; screws it up again.

BobMbx on January 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Why is Chris Dodd always on the immoral/illegal/unethical side of every issue?

VibrioCocci on January 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Why is Satan… oh, never mind.

Kraken on January 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Without a free press, we would not know exactly what a buffoon Chris Dodd actually is now would we?

Interestingly, my daughters came home from school chatting about the fact that Wikipedia has shut down for the day, etc. in protest. It gave us a chance to talk about what the First Amendment actually says and what it actually means.

Sadly, the fact that the Amendment is a limit upon government power is not part of the curriculum.

turfmann on January 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

He’ll be indicted in 2012.

But wait…. He exempted himself from that. So, he can’t be indicted.

/Dodd-Frank Bill

Yay.

Key West Reader on January 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I guess Sandwichmakers of America already had their spokesperson spot filled.

/

Christien on January 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

What does that have to do with this post? And what is in there that wasn’t known already to those who come here?

changer1701 on January 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Abusing their power? Someone should write a law requiring them to do business whether they want to or not, whether they can afford it or not, because it affects commerce, dontcha know…

Javahog on January 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

When this criminal is safely (safe for us not him) behind bars maybe this country can start to mend the horrible harm he and his co-conspirators have cause.

Speakup on January 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

His father wasn’t any better.

When the Congress wanted a gun control law, the elder Dodd who had been a prosecutor at Nuremburg had the Library of Congress translate the NAZI 1932(?) gun control law into English. The Gun Control Act of 1968 is almost a 100% dead lift from the NAZI law.

Goldberg is right… “post-Constitutional”

(For a copy of the proof: http://jpfo.org )

Subverting America has been a multi-generational family business.

CrazyGene on January 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Perhaps some sort of “FRRNDZ OF JIMMEH” program is needed for Dodd…

Jeddite on January 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Point Two. All industrial, commercial, manufacturing and business establishments of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth remain in operation, and the owners of such establishments shall not quit nor leave nor retire, nor close, sell or transfer their business, under pentalty of the nationalization of their establishment and of any and all of their property.”

Directive 10-289
Atlas Shrugged

MichaelGabriel on January 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

“These websites are metaphorically taking America into a private room with a friend and making sandwiches. This is entirely unacceptable.”

A440Hz on January 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

changer1701 on January 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Stop me.

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Is Hotair/Townhall NOT using it’s power by not joining at least with some kind of banner proclaiming it’s opposition?

Mcguyver on January 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

See OOTD post

Barred on January 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Dodd was instrumental in giving us the banking deregulation bill in the late 90′s that led to the the sub-prime crisis and the Finance Reform Act of 2010 that did nothing to regulate the sub-investment grade derivatives, that now stand at more than at the height of the 2008 financial crisis…and we’re supposed to listen to him about abuse of power?

Fed Up on January 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM

changer1701 on January 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Plus, do you only read things here that you didn’t know already? You are incredible!

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Dodd: pretty much the poster boy for corrupt power-mongers.

mojo on January 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Plus, do you only read things here that you didn’t know already? You are incredible!

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Awwww, does somebody miss their little buddy, Tesla?

mattshu on January 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Why does anyone hire these over fed, over the hill ex pols for any position. Eeewww!

jeanie on January 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today.

Translation: Enjoy those freedoms while they last…

Wine_N_Dine on January 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

The new theme for our money… which guys like this have ensured is nearly worthless.

power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely-
dahlberg

acyl72 on January 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Awwww, does somebody miss their little buddy, Tesla?

mattshu on January 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

You might, because I don’t.

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Plus, do you only read things here that you didn’t know already? You are incredible!

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM

What is particularly noteworthy about the oppo research? That Romney flip flops, or that he made lots of money? Color me shocked.

changer1701 on January 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM

May he spontaneously combust for ignorance and abuse of power.

Ha ha…that made me laugh. Good one.

Puma for Life on January 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Once a corrupt DICK always a corrupt DICK

400lb Gorilla on January 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

seriously… what a jerk

Drunk Report on January 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Chris Dodd is the wrong man to say it, but what he says is correct; the sites that are completely blacking out access to the site (craigslist and Wikipedia) are abusing the trust given to them by their users.

Case in point: number of sites taken down by SOPA proponents: 0, so far. number of sites taken down by SOPA opponents: at least 2 major sites (craigslist and Wikipedia).

novakyu on January 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

they better talk about this in the debate tomorrow. disappointed that they didn’t talk about it in the debate that just happened.

where are the candidates on this? what are they saying? i haven’t heard much.

Sachiko on January 18, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Dodd is an expert on abuse of power. He should know!

It doesn’t surprise me that Dodd is amongst the “how DARE you speak out against whatever the Senate is doing” crowd. The democrats are all fascists.

wildcat72 on January 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Chris Dodd is the wrong man to say it, but what he says is correct; the sites that are completely blacking out access to the site (craigslist and Wikipedia) are abusing the trust given to them by their users.

Case in point: number of sites taken down by SOPA proponents: 0, so far. number of sites taken down by SOPA opponents: at least 2 major sites (craigslist and Wikipedia).

novakyu on January 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

uh… yeah. that’s the point of the blackouts- they are AGAINST sopa. the blackouts symbolize all the content that will be blocked by sopa.

and i for one, love using wikipedia but i am glad they are doing the blackout. i’ve seen many others say that they like the blackouts. i wish more sites would blackout. so i don’t think there’s much of a betrayal of user trust there. btw, if sopa passes, wikipedia may even get blocked…

Sachiko on January 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

So, why is that goof still walking around free?
He should be in jail, and facing civil suits from every American…that tax-dodging badstooge!

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I know, lets pass a law that says the government decides how a company should be run…. Oh, wait, that’s already been done in Dodd/Frank bill.

And as for telling businesses how to do their job…. I did a little research into the EPA’s new fuel economy standards and I found:

1) the bill is 900 pages long!

2) the passenger vehicle CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) is to be 62 mpg (not 54 as reported)

3) Commercial Vehicles such as Pickups/SUVs must have a CAFE of 44 mpg

I believe that’s the 3rd increase in CAFE that Obama has deemed law without any Congressional input, via EPA’s mandate that CO2 is a pollutant.

Now, think about this. Let take Toyota for example: the Toyota Prius gets 49 mpg. That means that the AVERAGE of all the vehicles they sell will need to get 27% better economy than that. Image how small, complex and expensive of a vehicle we will be driving. And those vehicles will have to be even more fuel efficient that 62mpg to balance Toyota’s luxury car fleet of Lexus.

JeffVader on January 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

They’re all private businesses – if they want to close their doors for a day, it’s their right to do so. The only people abusing their power are those like Dodd in the government.

dentarthurdent on January 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Well, since the Commerce Clause can mean all power, over all things, they should’ve just mandated that no site go to blackout.

After all, the political pigs in perpetuity like him wanted an unrestrained Congress – and with the mandate precedent – they have it.

Commerce Clause vs. First Amendment – Commerce Clause wins.

Next up – Commerce Clause vs. Second Amendment.

Come and get ‘em, Pigs.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Dear Mr. Dodd,

To accuse these PRIVATE websites of abusing their power because they CHOOSE not to produce content for a day speaks volumes about where your mind is. You seem to have some idea that a PRIVATE individual or concern does not have the right to choose what services they provide and that somehow, the community should dictate those choices. This reveals your fundamental views as being that of a socialist, or a statist.

You say “It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services.” but this is a private organization that has no obligation to deliver any services of any sort to anyone and the people using those services are free to obtain them from other sources. I suppose after all those years in government, the notion that people actually do have the right to choose if they deliver a service and people actually do have a right to choose who they want to deliver that service might be an alien concept to you.

Your attitude in this matter again displays your patronizing, condescending view of the people of this country. These are OUR websites. They are interconnected with OUR communications links. They do not belong to the government and not a single data bit flows over any government infrastructure. There is not one wire you can touch and say it is “THE INTERNET”. Every bit of data on the Internet flows over private networks between private companies who choose what they will and will not deliver and to whom.

Mr. Dodd, the mask slipped a little in your comments. We don’t want our websites controlled by a government that believes the people are subordinate to it. The US government does not rule the people. The President is not a king. I thought you might have learned that lesson when you lost the support of your constituents. You left Americas most hated organization (Congress) for America’s second most hated organization (MPAA). Good luck with that, you tyrannical b4stard (and I say that with all due respect).

crosspatch on January 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

novakyu on January 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

It’s ok, wikipedia will give you double your money back.

crosspatch on January 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Solid….A+

belad on January 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Why is Chris Dodd always on the immoral/illegal/unethical side of every issue?

VibrioCocci

Really? Seriously?

Gothguy on January 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

…Good luck with that, you tyrannical b4stard (and I say that with all due respect).

crosspatch on January 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

…Good luck with that, you tyrannical b4stard (and I say that with all duedis-respect).

FIFA!

belad on January 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Chris Dodd is the wrong man to say it, but what he says is correct; the sites that are completely blacking out access to the site (craigslist and Wikipedia) are abusing the trust given to them by their users.

novakyu on January 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Wiki, HotGas and the others sites should not go black for the simple reason that they are places where people gather to discuss things, so it is against reason for them to black out. They however have the right to so whatever they please that is within their corporate charter.

Dodd should STFU.

pedestrian on January 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Hey, Chris. Move to China at your earliest convenience. I’ll help you pack.

PatriotGal2257 on January 18, 2012 at 4:44 PM

the road to hell was paved by Chris Dodd. Or at least by a company he got a kickback from.

Mike Honcho on January 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Chris Dodd is the wrong man to say it, but what he says is correct; the sites that are completely blacking out access to the site (craigslist and Wikipedia) are abusing the trust given to them by their users.

Case in point: number of sites taken down by SOPA proponents: 0, so far. number of sites taken down by SOPA opponents: at least 2 major sites (craigslist and Wikipedia).

novakyu on January 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM


Wikipedia explains on their SOPA page that you can still fully access their site by disabling JavaScript in your browser first.

If that’s too complicated for you then maybe you can go one day without it.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 18, 2012 at 4:50 PM

As Chris Does is no longer a Federal official or public servant of any kind I would just like say, would someone please pun… oh, why bother. He probably pays hookers to do that sort of thing to him.

M240H on January 18, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Why isn’t Hot Gas doing something, anything to show solidarity with the anti-SOPA/PIPA citizens and businesses?

Another slip showing your ultimate, true allegiance to the elitist establishment, the status quo, and the corruption and evil being perpetuated perhaps?

Telling…

AttaBoyLuther on January 18, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Plus, do you only read things here that you didn’t know already? You are incredible!

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Awwww, does somebody miss their little buddy, Tesla?

mattshu on January 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Hold it, I’m confused about this, I thought Dr. was your butt buddy. Cripes, I gotta do a better job keeping all these relationships straight. No pun intended there.

Bmore on January 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I’ve noticed that many of my liberal friends oppose SOPA, and are linking on Facebook, with apparent approval, to the protests from Google, Reddit and Wikipedia, among others. It’s interesting that some of these same folks cried out that Citizens United would be the harbinger of corporate hegemony and the end of democracy as we know it, yet they don’t seem to object to corporations using their resources to influence the debate on this issue.

tomwinfl on January 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I thought Dodd had gone to prison, did he just miss a good chance or something? This Dodd, right?

“Funnily enough, I won’t be having sex with Chris tonight. … No that probably won’t happen. … Thanks for asking, though.”

“’Would you have sex with Chris in a hot tub?’ Senator Kennedy asked me, ‘Perhaps as a way to say good night?”

“’I’m no good in water,’ I told him.”

Bmore on January 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Dodd? I thought he would be in jail by now for what he has done in real estate.

jake49 on January 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Can anyone listen to Doddering Dodd without laughing?

GarandFan on January 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I’d love it if Google and other search engines started blocking “Chris Dodd” — as in, refuse to index any page or document with his name in it so that any search on “Chris Dodd” returned ZERO results. Turn him into an unperson on the Internet and see how he likes THAT.

clayj on January 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM

This clown will never go away. All he does is damage things.

FireBlogger on January 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM

HEY CHRIS!

Why don’t you retire from the Senate, and enjoy what’s left of your life in peace?
Remember Robert Byrd? John Murtha?

Holy crap . . . could my post be construed as a threat? ! !

listens2glenn on January 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

‘El they’re all hypocrites up there. Whether it’s Dodd and sopa or pbo yelling at all the rich when he himself is one of them or half the gop and whatever they’re trying to sell us, the whole lot of ‘em are hypocrites. We need to start over

stop the show on January 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Chris Dodd should probably be considered something of an expert on abuses of power.

Wendya on January 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Old Chris saw the truth catching up, left (tial between legs) by the Senate by the back door, took the crony job an pontificates on abuse of power. Personifies the libral progressive. He cannot spell integrity.

StevC on January 18, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Wikipedia has a certain amount of dominance (I presume) in its niche of the internet. It hardly has POWER. Power is the capacity to MAKE people do things even against their inclinations and against their will. In a world where if one proves to be unreliable or excessively capricious that users/customer can go else where, the appearance of “POWER” can be very ephermeral.

Russ808 on January 18, 2012 at 8:49 PM

oooops

Jailbreak on January 18, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Rope. Streetlight. Politicians.

Some assembly required.

SilverDeth on January 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Why isn’t Dodd luxuriating at his Irish castle?

onlineanalyst on January 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

The acronym you should be worried about, O Friend of Angelo, is RICO. Picked out your cell wardrobe, yet?

ya2daup on January 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

So the real irony is that if you want something from Wikipedia today, search it on Google and click on the cached page – but don’t breathe a word about this to Dodd.

ericdijon on January 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Abusing Power……..what a joke!
This guy should be in jail.

lilium479 on January 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

It is also an abuse of power

Hey, anyone remember Friends of Angelo?

TN Mom on January 19, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Aww, the poor widdle US Senator… so terrible when the people abuse the power they have over him. It just isn’t fair!!!

Heh.

Dirty Creature on January 19, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Hope hospice has a bed ready for this has been.

Wade on January 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM

This guy should be in jail prison.

Wade on January 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Why does anyone hire these over fed, over the hill ex pols for any position. Eeewww!

jeanie on January 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Because he is already intertwined in the machine. He knows the “players”.

Filthy #@%%**!

askwhatif on January 19, 2012 at 9:36 AM

novakyu on January 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Wikipedia actually wasn’t down. If you disabled Java in your browser, the redirect wouldn’t happen and you could read whatever page you needed. They also left up their mobile site.

And, the reason SOPA proponents haven’t taken down any websites yet (though some would actually dispute that), is because SOPA isn’t law yet, dummy. I won’t even bother trying to explain the difference between temporary and permanent, or between individual owner choice and force-of-law without due process.

GWB on January 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Key quote:

It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today.

(Emphasis mine)

Because to any progressive politician, there are no freedoms which do not flow from government, and may therefore be revoked at any time. The above is no different than

“Real nice liberty you got there. Awful shame if something were to happen to it.”

The CEO of a web-based business is the same as the CEO of any type of business. They are in business to earn a profit. They will risk a small portion of that profit to protect their interests. Deciding to go dark for a day (with several days of fair warning, mind you) in order to raise awareness of a threat to their source of income, is good business. I’m no fan of Google’s own intrusive practices, but they have every right to choose how and when they operate their own sites. A power-grabbing, regulation-happy former Senator calling that abusive is a true piece of political farce.

Freelancer on January 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM