???Those who count on quote ???Hollywood??? for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who???s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don???t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don???t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.???
Protect IP (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are a step towards a different kind of Internet. They are a step towards an Internet in which those with money and lawyers and access to power have a greater voice than those who don???t.
It is clear that the step toward a democracy “in which those with money and lawyers and access to power have a greater voice than those who don???t” has long since been taken in American politics.
No wonder ex-Senator Dodd is so distressed that he would reveal these disappointed expectations with menace.
David Mastio, deputy editorial page editor at the Washington Times, said in an email that the disclosures in the piece were adequate:
I don???t know further details on the relationship between the author and the PR firm [Sanitas].
When I published the piece, I was focused on making sure the author???s relationship to the subject was disclosed. The piece mentions the author???s personal ties to members of Bahrain???s government and his bio line mentions his Bahrain-related position with the U.S. government as well as his current employment with a major defense contractor.
I am satisfied that readers were informed of the author???s connections.