The national nanny

The national nanny

: In a National Post piece about Michael Powell as the new darling of religious nutjobs, there’s this quote I like:

Jerrold Nadler, a Democratic congressman from New York and ranking member of the House constitution subcommittee, says Powell’s complaints against ABC and Monday Night Football “make it abundantly clear that he is less interested in doing his job than he is in becoming the country’s chief censor.”

Good for you, Congressman. And how did you vote on the indecent indecency bill? The right way. Thank you.

: UPDATE: I didn’t make it clear enough that Nadler voted against the indecency indecency bill; I just added that clarification above. Others who had the courage to vote for free speech (even if accused of voting for smut):

Only 22 members, including Paul and Ackerman, had the courage to actually vote “no,” with most of them voicing free speech concerns. Another 20 members voted “present” or simply did not vote at all. Among those voting “no” were many of the House’s most progressive members, including California Democrats Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren and Pete Stark, as well as New Yorkers Jerry Nadler and Jose Serrano. Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, also voted “no,” as did Georgia Democrat John Lewis, the veteran civil rights activist. Michigan Democrat John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, was among the members who did not vote.

  • Hipocrite

    Is that the New Journalism of the Internet? Throwing around easily checked accusations that someone did or did not vote some way on something?
    “Only 21 members of Congress voted against the Telecommunications Act. Rep. Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, is one of the people who opposed the bill because of the Decency Act. The New York Times reports that Nadler called the act “the cyberspace equivalent of book burning.”

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    Hip: I thought it was clear that Rep. Nadler voted the right way. I guess it wasn’t. My bad. So I made it clear and thanks for the push. Nadler is one of the few with the courage to vote for the First Amendment but speak out against Powell on this.