July 20th, 2011
Conservative internet users debate that their views are being suppressed on youtube. Even heavyweights like Republican Hollywood filmmaker David Zucker can be censored.
A short film by Zucker, who worked with “Scary Movie 4,” “Airplane!” and other comedies, reportedly had been offered to the Republican Party for use as an ad, however it was rejected. It appeared briefly on YouTube, right up until it was flagged as being “inappropriate for many users”.
On the YouTube Web site, anyone can post videos. Above is a still from a montage of some of President Bush’s speaking blunders posted as “Stupid Bush.”
Michelle Malkin was first blogger to point out the leftist leanings of YouTube.
While bloggers played a role in the last presidential election, most advertising and message delivery still comes from campaigns, political parties and interest groups with enough money to bankroll a tv blitz. But the YouTube revolution — which includes dozens of websites like Google Video, Revver and Metacafe — could turn that on its head.
If any teenager can put up a video for or against a candidate, and persuade other individuals to watch that video, the center of gravity could shift to many individuals with camcorders and passable pc skills. And if individuals increasingly doubt the mainstream media, they may be more open to messages created by ordinary folks.
“YouTube is a campaign game-changer, shifting the dynamics of how you can get to voters and build intimate relationships,” says Julie Supan, senior marketing director for the small, California-based firm, which by one measure now runs the 39th most well-known Website. “YouTube levels the playing field, allowing well-backed and less-known candidates to attain the same audience and share the same stage.”
Even the seemingly easy act of posting footage of a politician’s interview on “Meet the Press” or “The Daily Show” has a viral quality, because it may be seen by far more people than watched during a single broadcast.
The internet web site You Tube is a totally free and open area for internet users to post and view all sorts of video content. While there is a terms of service (TOS) that users should agree to before posting You Tube videos, the truth is that there is no real submission approval process. Whilst posting copyright protected content is forbidden under the TOS, there’s no mechanism to automatically screen for copyright protected material.
Detection of such material is left to the You Tube community, but, from the incredible number of protected videos that have appeared on the site, it seems clear that the TOS aren’t carefully enforced. Obviously, it’s the responsibility of the users, not You Tube, to post material that is legal. Nevertheless, there have been some legal challenges to You Tube videos posted in recent months.
Contributors to YouTube seem to lean to the left. You will find videos of verbal stumbles labeled “Stupid Bush” and “Bush Screwups,” along with “President Bush Drunk,” a bit on CBS’s “Late Late Show” that slowed down a tape of the president so it appeared as if he were slurring his words. Another shows Bush, in his Texas days, extending his middle finger. (One positive video features a group called the right Brothers singing “Bush Was Right.”)
Any registered user can form a group, and the website includes one called “Support George Bush,” which says, “Don’t be afraid of your beliefs — most campuses nationwide have a liberal bias anyway . . . as does the media.” However it doesn’t crack the top 100 in terms of membership, unlike “Bush Sucks,” which is designed “for everybody who hates Bush and all his Republican cronies.”