Brian McLane

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April 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Media, Social Commentary

Where does the line between free speech and criminal liability begin and end. Recently we were treated to a news report on CNN about “TEEN MOMS BRAWLING”. No one forced us to watch but how can one stick their head in the sand when they know that their kids can fall victims to such (what amounts to) gang assault.

For crying out loud their calling the girl who assaulted another girl “TEEN MOM STAR JENNELLE EVANS” and along with the other terms that are associated with it by Google – “Brutal Fight Video” and so on. It’s just disgusting.

There are stories that the who thing was a set up and it wouldn’t surprise me if a slimy outfit like TMZ was in on it. But aren’t they supposed to “report” on celebrity news – not on neighborhood brawls between TEEN MOMS? The point is that this culture of video taping beat downs has gone far enough. I think it’s important enough that parents not just get involved in anti-bullying initiatives at their school and really teach their kids how to stay away from other troubled youths. Further we have to call our elected representatives and tell them that their has to be a law to protect our kids.

What is really amazing is that back in 2008, New York State Republicans were among the first (why it took so long after “Bum Fights” who knows?), to introduce Internet violence legislation. However, if you Google the term you’ll see that all such entries end in about 2009 with no entries last year. Is it possible that YouTube scared off legislators, or others upset about the curtailing of their 1st amendment rights?

This isn’t about rights. This is about crime. Specifically Assault. While it’s a far cry from a comparison with the Son of Sam Laws which made it illegal for Murderers to profit from their crimes (selling their story for book and movie deals), the concept is essentially the same. It’s not rocket science. Just common sense.

How about this?

Anyone who videotapes an assault, and publishes it on the internet without first going to the authorities is an accessory. Further, the media outlets that promote assault videos, whether YouTube or TMZ should be liable to victims of such an assault.

Sound Good?

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