How can the Chinese tolerate internet censorship?
Did I say Chinese? I meant Kentuckians.
Governor Ernie Fletcher is in hot water with a massive cronyism scandal, which prompted him to pardon 27 state employees last year—even though no indictments had been proffered. Fletcher didn't pardon himself, probably only because he can't do that.
So what's a poor, besieged governor to do? Why, he goes ahead and blocks The Bluegrass Report, which is a leading liberal blog that focuses on Kentucky politics. Also Wonkette has been blocked, which is a more general liberal site. In fact, it seems that loads of liberal and Democratic sites are getting blocked, while conservative sites are left alone. Numerous conservative Kentucky blogs are left accessible (not to mention Fox News and the Drudge Report.) Why? Why could this be, I wonder? Why?
Frankly, this seems foolish on Fletcher's part. If my office were in trouble, I'd want to know what they were thinking outside, and I'd want my employees to, too. This circle-the-wagons mentality isn't good for keeping Kentucky's employees in the loop as to what the people of their state are thinking. In fact, pulling wool over their eyes will only serve to drive home the idea that things are very wrong—possibly wronger than they actually are. Bad move, Mr. Governor.