Craigslist Blamed Yet Again For Something It Didn't Do

from the just-can't-help-it,-huh? dept

Weren't we just pointing out that everyone seems to want to blame Craigslist for things that it has no responsibility for? The latest is Connecticut's Attorney General, who has attacked Craigslist for allowing ads for prostitution. This is hardly a new charge. Last summer, the mayor of Atlanta lobbed similar charges at Craigslist. But, of course, just like that time, the blame is misplaced. Craigslist is the tool provider, not the content provider. To blame Craigslist isn't just wrong, when it comes to illegal acts like prostitution, it's downright backwards. Why? Because as some police have realized, Craigslist is actually a really useful tool for police to track down and arrest people breaking the law.

So not only is it placing the blame on the wrong party, it's doing so in a way that would only drive the prostitution further underground, making it harder for the police (and the Attorney General's office) to do their job. How smart is that? But it sure does generate headlines... The Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, had this to say in a letter to Craigslist:
"I am astonished and appalled by Craigslist's refusal to recognize the reality of prostitution on its Web site -- despite advertisements containing graphic photographs and hourly rates, and widespread public reports of prostitutes using the site."
To which I can only reply: I am astonished and appalled by Richard Blumenthal's refusal to recognize the reality of liability and section 230 safe harbors -- despite it being the law of the land and widely known and discussed in legal circles.

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    Kevin, 30 Mar 2008 @ 11:46am

    Shock and appalled

    I am constantly amazed by the ignorance and hypocracy of our society and its self-delusional government. Why do we spend billions of dollars trying to stop anyone from doing things that they want to do and are going to do whether they are legal or not. There is a reason they call it the oldest professional. It is a victimless crime. They are both adults and free to make these choices for themselves. I know its terrible offensive to many but people want and need sex. Its a biological imperatives just like sleeping, eating and breathing. More for some and less for others, but an natural instinct none the less. For some paying for it is the only way they are going to get any at all. Who is our government or anyone individual to say they shouldn't have that right. Maybe Elliot Spitzer has a new perspective on all this.

    Maybe we should just all pray about it and God will give us the strength to resist our natural instincts. You know, like all those Catholic priest that molest children and nuns. See the church told them to abstain. How'd that work out?

    Self-delusion, denial and hypocrisy that is what this country now stands for. God Bless American. Home of the water board, the wiretap and those that can't be bothered. Land of the denial.

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