Pro-Net Neutrality Group's Latest Propaganda Piece Hits New Level Of Lameness
from the just-stop-already dept
The biggest problem in the debate over net neutrality is the ridiculous amount of propaganda and disinformation that's being spread -- by groups on both sides of the issue. The "Hands Off The Internet" group has been particularly intellectually dishonest on the telco side, while the pro-net neutrality side has gotten up to plenty of their own tricks. However, the "Save The Internet" group, which is for "internet freedom" (that is, it wants net neutrality enshrined in law), has really taken things to a new low. Ed Whitacre, one of the biggest sources of hot air in this debate, stepped down this week at CEO of AT&T. Save The Internet decided to mark the occasion by making a video of what they imagine Whitacre's final pep talk to AT&T execs was like, with all sorts of inflammatory -- and made-up -- quotes. They then put the quotes in a blog post, as if they'd actually come from Whitacre. While they embed the video in the blog post, there's no indication that the quotes aren't actually real. If you watch the video, it's pretty obvious, but few people seem to be noticing. We're certainly not sad to see Whitacre go, but this hatchet job is completely unhelpful to the overall debate, and not to mention pointless, since there are plenty of real Whitacre quotes that could serve as fodder for the pro-net neutrality crowd. Update: The author of the blog post with the fake quotes, Tim Karr, has popped up in the comments to defend himself, saying it's obvious that it's a spoof. Of course, plenty of people have been suckered by it, including the folks at Slashdot, as well as people like John Battelle.