Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

April 8, 2004

by J

Crazy Talk

I've written previously about what I perceive to be calculated moderation on the part of certain webloggers. Kevin Drum is dipping his toe in that water again with a casual suggestion that since we have video technology now, we can just dump the Fifth Amendment. That's crazy talk. Commenters on that thread explain why.

I don't usually like to link to other specific webloggers if I'm going to be negative, but I've always made exceptions for public figures and media folks. Since he's a professional media person now, I guess I'm not breaking my own rule. I've had differences with him (particularly over his attitude towards women's issues and his carefully -- I would sometimes say cynically -- moderate approach) in the past, and I agree with his critics saying that since the paid gig the quality and perhaps the integrity of his posts have declined. This is just another example.

Junk the Fifth Amendment because of a technological breakthrough? WTF??
Posted by J at April 8, 2004 04:39 PM

You may not like the idea, but it has nothing to do with moving over to the Monthly. Here's my first post on this subject from September 5, 2002:


Posted by: Kevin Drum at April 8, 2004 05:19 PM

Although I still disagree with Kevin, I think it's unfair to say that he's suggesting the entire fifth amendment be eliminated. He's specifically quesitoning the current usefulness of the self-incrimination clause only.

Posted by: Steve P at April 8, 2004 07:23 PM

Steve - you're right. I was writing too quickly and colloquially without sufficient qualification. But, in my defense, I did provide a link. ;-)

Posted by: J at April 9, 2004 10:24 AM

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