Cass Sunstein, a long-time Obama legal advisor and a man considered to be continually on the president's short list for U.S. Supreme Court nominations, gave a pretty chilling interview to WBEZ radio in February 2001.
It would be ideal, he said, if bloggers routinely linked to those who hold opposing views. But, if that isn't done as a matter of course, it would be prudent for the government to require it. Granted, this was a while ago, but Obama's recent commencement speech at the University of Michigan (which has a relevant clip in the video below) suggests imposing a "Fairness Doctrine" for the Internet is still very much on the minds of the administration.
Here are the chilling comments by Sunstein, courtesy of Naked Emperor News:
Yes, Sunstein acknowledges this was an idea he once threw out there — albeit, in his words, "tentatively." But he now thinks it's a bad idea. ... it's a position he no longer holds, as he has since said strongly and repeatedly. Once true. No longer. That leaves us at Half True.
Fair enough. I hope that others in the Obama administration have wholly rejected this idea. We'll see, I guess. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, for instance, sees few limits on the government's power to regulate the Web.