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Clearing the Cache: Baron's Black Out

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 4 2009

  • A journalism student asked Representative Baron Hill, Democrat of Indiana, why she had been told she couldn't film his townhall meeting. (via Ben Smith) "The reason why I don't allow filming," said Hill, "is because usually the films that are done end up on YouTube in a compromising position." Interesting strategy, the effectiveness of which is demonstrated by the fact that (a) video of the exchange has indeed posted on YouTube, by the National Republican Congressional Committee, and (b) there are now 13,000 views of the unflattering exchanging involving a congressperson that, it's fair to say, few Americans had heard of before he instituted the black-out rule.
  • Was the Internet's birthday Wednesday? Or is it in October? We're agnostic on the topic, preferring to think that, like as is the case with Earth Day, everyday is Internet Day.
  • The Creigh Deeds campaign in Virginia is using's Twitter petition tool to go after rival for the governor's mansion Bob McDonnell.
  • As, not coincidentally, approval over the Google Book settlement is stilled being weigh by the courts, Google has bowed to Federal Trade Commission concerns that the search giant lacked protections over what the company might do with the personal user information generated as we all skim, read, and enjoy the digitized books in their collection. Google announced today that they are instituting a privacy policy for Google Books, and the FTC says it's happy with the steps the company has taken.
  • Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ is running an "ObamaCare" poster contest.
  • The Next Right's Jon Henke is keeping up his campaign against WorldNetDaily, attempting to tourniquet the birther hub off from the rest of the right. Beyond the political implications of the crusade, what's fascinating in its own special way is how Henke is seemingly effectively using as a point of leverage the WND email list, and using it to taint those in more establishment quarters who use it.
  • And David Kralik, who had been Newt Gingrich's man in California, is joining Mindy Finn and Patrick Ruffini's Engage DC firm, opening up a new west coast office where he'll "manage relationships with America's most innovative technology companies."

(With Micah Sifry)