Apparently, its now legal to engage in anonymous political speech.
I like Bill Simon’s take:
Now, the media-types at the AJC (Downey, Tucker, Bookman, King) are worried sick because, all of a sudden, their monopoly on false statements and inaccurate viewpoints will lose the value it once had.
What is really disturbing about the above article is the number of elected officials who voted for the bill who said they had no idea that it would change the rule. Maybe we need a constitutional amendment to limit the number of bills each house of the General Assembly can pass in a single day. Then they won’t hurriedly pass 400 bills on Sine Die.
Going back to anonymous speech, I think it has a place, but its place is very limited in scope. Most anonymous political speech is nasty trash talk that serves no purpose. See any comment on this forum by “boyreporter” or “GodHatesTrash”. They are anonymous chicken-s–ts who would never dare post what they post under their real names.
You should see what I originally had to say about the General Assembly in the 3rd paragraph. I might have said it anonymously, but I decided that name calling and stereotyping was not something I considered appropriate to post under my real name (I’ll post it under my anonymous handle “Icarus”).
I’ve got more respect for Bobby Kahn, SpaceyG and Chris Huttman, people who I strongly disagree with politically, for using their real names or identifying themselves than I do for the people whose politics I share yet hide their identity.