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Stacey Campfield's blog is an interesting place. You can go there for his unique insight on state politics, the origin of AIDS — you know, stuff like that.
But this afternoon, he's raised the bar so high, it's hard to imagine him reaching it again soon.
In a blog post titled "Lets put those legal boys to work", he writes, astonishingly, that he has "put in some legal things to protect" his "writings." Apparently, "some people not of the exclusive on line media community are now trying to profit from what I say on here without my permission."
Who are these "people not of the exclusive on line media community"? Who knows? He doesn't explain. We assume he means newspapers. Anyway, we should all be careful — using this public official's public statements in the press is apparently "a fast way to end up in court."
Read Campfield's entire blog in its entirety, which we simply copied and pasted entirely because we think this blog is part of the "on line media community," after the jump:
I do this blog for fun but I have put in some legal things to protect my writings. This disclaimer is at the bottom of all pages on this blog.
"Please note. The statements listed above are the opinion of the noted writer of the above or listed document. The information should be construed as open opinion and information contained in this document represents opinion or facts to the best of the writers knowledge and should not be viewed as permanent certified facts but as the way the information is interpreted by the opinion of the author. Any and all information, statements, comments and opinions are the sole property of the author. Absolutely no duplication or distribution in any form outside of the exclusive on line media community is allowed without expressed written permission of the author. On line media distribution or duplication must credit and link to this website where possible. "
It seems some people not of the exclusive on line media community are now trying to profit from what I say on here without my permission. That is a fast way to end up in court.
Possibly I should charge for my writings....or do a book.
Between me and you, Senator — after all, this is the Internet, it's just us girls chatting — I'll admit, the idea of some sort of private space where one could express opinions and spitball about whatever happens to be on your mind sounds appealing. What a dream that would be, to just be able to think out loud and not have it reprinted by "people not of the exclusive on line media." We could even build walls around this space, to make sure we could keep them out. Better yet, we could develop some sort of communication technology that allowed for private engaging discussion about, you know, AIDS and monkeys and whatever one happens to be into. Think like a walkie talkie, but smaller and more private.
But alas, the only outlet available to elected public officials is the Internet which, as it turns out, is not some expansive off-the-record chalkboard where one can workout those facts or opinions that are not yet "permanent certified."
OK, but seriously Senator, putting sarcasm aside. If you insist on continuing to serve as an elected public official and you don't want those of us "not of the exclusive on line media" to quote your blog, then don't blog. Or keep blogging and resign. Or resign and quit blogging. Or stay in office and stop saying stuff on your blog that you wouldn't say in public (because, you know, even though it has its very own address, the blog is public...it gets kind of complicated). Or stay in office and continue blogging, but under a pseudonym (this one won't work because you have a signature style — we'll know it's you).
Point is, you have a lot of options here. But threatening the press with lawsuits if we don't treat your public pronouncements like private conversation between average citizens is not one of them.