There is a thought provoking article, Salisbury mayor: Malicious blogs endangering city, that I want to get everybody's take on. This is the text of the article:
SALISBURY — In her final State of the City address, Salisbury Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman warned residents of what she sees as a great danger to the city: malicious bloggers.
Tilghman said in her address Thursday that over the last five years, the presence of a small group of suspicious, mean-spirited people focused on the negative has grown, endangering the city's vitality.
Tilghman says some people are avoiding serving their city because it's not worth chancing the scorn of bloggers. But Tilghman says they need to stand up for the city.
Tilghman's final day in office is April 19, but she says she plans to remain active in the city. She says she plans to give a less formal farewell address before leaving office.
Now I don't know the political convictions of this Mayor and feel they are irrelevant. Further, I do not know what the "malicious bloggers" are saying.
Without giving my opinion, I want to see what everyone else thinks. This is a relevant point for us as bloggers.
What is the line bloggers should not cross? In other words, what is malicious? Is malicious something that is in the eye of the beholder?
Some in the MSM have argued that the growing influence of bloggers is not a good thing. They argue that there is no standards, no code of conduct, no limits. A curious argument by an industry that is so heavily biased and pushes their political agendas with abandon. But, never the less, how important to an open an honest government is blogging?
Is it possible that blogging is what the framers of the Constitution envisioned when they set forth freedom of the press? Is it possible that a vast array of individual and diverse writers is the purest form of freedom of the press?
Finally, does freedom of speech and freedom of the press negate this entire argument? Is the real test of freedom of speech accepting speech we do not agree with?
Share your thoughts.