Coble's Office Talked to Me
I spent a while on the phone this morning with Ed McDonald, chief of staff for my congressman, Howard Coble--the co-sponsor of the bill that would allow Hollywood to hack your computer. I'll give all the details in Sunday's newspaper column, but the short version is that this battle is not lost. There is time to make a case against corporate hacking and there is a chance Coble could change his mind about the current bill's specifics. Again, if you contact him, please be constructive and work to educate Congress on this issue.
I asked McDonald if he was speaking with me because I was a newspaper columnist and not "just" a blogger. He said no, it was because I was a constituent. Interesting how the assumptions formed in one system don't always carry over to the rules of another system.
If you really must flame someone, try Fox News. I notice they are pimping the stock market, urging viewers to buy at these super low prices. This wasn't during a business show, these were newsreaders. I understand that Fox is doing this out of support for the GOP and Bush, and that bias doesn't bother me as I watch most of their "news" coverage, but telling viewers to BUY NOW is not just cynical, it's irresponsible as hell. It may not be terrible advice, but then again, if the Dow goes to 6,000, they should have to give refunds to gullible viewers.
I wrote this weekend that Coble is running unopposed, but a reader emailed that there is a Libertarian candidate for the 6th district. I have not been able to find that candidate yet, but I'm looking.