Equal time party, brought to you by the Council of Europe
The all-but-final proposal draft says that Internet news organizations, individual Web sites, moderated mailing lists and even Web logs (or "blogs"), must offer a "right of reply" to those who have been criticized by a person or organization.
An excerpt: "The reply should be made publicly available in a prominent place for a period of time (that) is at least equal to the period of time during which the contested information was publicly available, but, in any case, no less than for 24 hours."
In the spirit of unity with the squenched voices of Europe, and in keeping with Samizdata's suggestion that those who feel slighted by them go open up their own blog and rant about it, I hereby offer those I have offended or critcized to come forth and reply in kind.
Ted Rall, Mark Morford, Susan Sarandon, Bill O'Reilly, Hillary Clinton, anyone from Indymedia, ANSWER, PETA or ELF, Mark Savage, Roger Clemens, and a slew of other people, famous and not and any bloggers I may have criticized, made death threats to or otherwise insulted, I invite you to come on by to my "Equal Time Party" today and throw your best right back at me.
Of course, I don't expect to hear from anyone except perhaps the few anonymous trolls that I may have verbally insulted, but it's the thought that counts. Either way, we can either show the Council of Europe how silly their idea is and how it will never work, or we can show that yes, the people did want equal time and came by to state their case, but it ended up in volley of curse words and mail bombs and hacked websites and they should have let well enough alone.
You've got 24 hours to reply to anything I may have said about you. That doesn't go for you, Bill, because you've had your equal time already.