Why Are AGs Targeting Craigslist Rather Than Newspapers Or Other Websites?
from the makes-no-sense... dept
With Craigslist caving on how it manages its “adult” ads, we’ve noted that some politicians are still angry, despite having been a part of the group that bought into the agreement Craigslist made with them six months ago. However, since this really has everything to do with two AGs who are running for governor of their states, rather than any real attempt to stop any illegal activity, they have to keep grandstanding. Henry McMaster, AG of South Carolina (and candidate for governor) has been among the worst, threatening to file criminal charges against Craigslist management to put them in jail. Of course, even the most basic legal analysis shows that McMaster has absolutely no case — and, in fact, the “deadline” that McMaster put in place last Friday came and went without McMaster actually doing anything.
However, he’s still talking a big game — and it looks like Craigslist has had enough of letting him get away with blaming them for everything. The company’s CEO, Jim Buckmaster, has taken to the Craigslist blog to ask why they’re being targeted when various newspapers in South Carolina have many more such “questionable” ads that are often a lot more explicit and graphic than those on Craigslist. The post lists out a variety of South Carolina newspapers and how many adult ads they have, noting that McMaster doesn’t seem to be going after any of them and threatening to throw their execs in jail. Following that, he put up a separate post asking for a retraction and an apology from McMaster for his misguided accusations.
Meanwhile, the folks over at Digg are making a really good point. If grandstanding politicians are going to blame Craigslist for those murders in Boston where the killer used Craigslist to find victims, how come now one is yelling “blame AOL!” after a woman was killed by a guy she met via AOL instant messenger. In this day and age, it’s quite depressing that people in positions of authority still seem to think the tool is to blame, rather than the individuals who use them.