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MSNBC's Hayes Addresses Lack Of SOPA Coverage By Major News Networks

January 15, 2012 12:33 pm ET

From the January 15 edition of MSNBC's Up With Chris Hayes:

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    • Author by Jim Rockford (January 15, 2012 12:56 pm ET)
      It would be nice if the networks and cable cut back on the phony news and the fluff and focused on actual news. They are guided by ratings, of course, but I think a nightly newscast, for example, that focused on true news in an effective way could win the ratings. (Even if it doesn't close with a fluffy "feel-good" story every night!!!)
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      • Author by Imbecile (January 15, 2012 1:53 pm ET)
        And finally tonight: ever wished you had a pet that could do your job for you? Well, hold on to your diplomas, because here comes Rupie, the reporting monkey. He's a 4-year-old chimpanzee that's been trained to read press releases as news using only facial expressions, and he's darned good at it, too!
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      • Author by steeve (January 15, 2012 2:23 pm ET)
        They need to learn how to do real news before doing it. (Hint: true is good.) I don't want anyone doing step 2 before step 1.
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    • Author by Turkeysocks (January 15, 2012 2:00 pm ET)
      I never thought I'd see Michelle Bachmann and Nancy Pelosi would side for the same thing. In fact, never thought I'd see someone like Al Franken would side for a bill like this.

      This whole bill is aimed to empower corporations and take away power from the people, or sheeple from the corp's point of view.

      And the tweet by Rupert Murdoch, from the man who knew and most likely encouraged the hacking of phones of celebrities, politicians, business people, even a murdered girl?
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    • Author by Dem02020 (January 15, 2012 4:11 pm ET)
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      That man's name is Chris Hayes?

      I'll need to remember that, because that report was about as hysterical and overblown and emotionally reactive report as I've ever seen. The man starts off talking like a dictatorship is in the works in the US, free speech and democracy are about to be lost to us, we're going to be as bad as China! That's practically what he said, but in the process he didn't once explain how free speech and democracy were being threatened, probably because in five whole minutes of alarmist raving, he couldn't have found thirty seconds to explain what the SOPA does...

      Did it surprise you to know that Sen. Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Conyers (D-MI) are for SOPA?

      If so, then chances are you don't actually know what SOPA is or does... certainly you don't know any more about SOPA than you did before you watched the five minute alarming monologue, because the monologist didn't bother to explain the danged legislation.

      And just so you know, I say NO TO SOPA, because (as Chris Hayes mentioned obliquely and vaguely) it puts not only the burden of copyright protection on a third party (third because they are not the copyright thief nor the copyright owner, whose job copyright protection has always exclusively been), but penalizes that third party also, should they not be diligent enough in actively keeping copyrighted materials (or links to same) off their websites.

      Despite my opposition to SOPA (for it's good intentions but bad solution to a real problem), I ask where's the threat to free speech in all of that, where's the destruction of democracy, and just how are we turning into China!

      And if we become China, will that make Al Franken a Chinese Senator?

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      • Author by Jim Rockford (January 15, 2012 4:45 pm ET)
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        The panel had around a 30-minute discussion of SOPA earlier in the show.
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      • Author by skiploader1111 (January 16, 2012 1:26 am ET)
        Actually Hayes didn't say that we would turn into China. He said it would send a message to countries like China that what their free speech suppression is OK and use us as an example.

        What is the threat to free speech you ask? You literally said it yourself. The legislation penalizes third parties including prison time for not actively policing their websites for copyrighted materials. They would have to eliminate actual free speech just to protect themselves from lawsuits.
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    • Author by DDRic (January 15, 2012 5:13 pm ET)
      And Chris is well aware the major news networks are soooo yesterdays' news,and don't have a financial-advertising business model interest on controlling web content.
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    • Author by Psycho3D (January 16, 2012 11:26 am ET)
      WoW I think its funny Frankin is for Sopa.
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