Ken's post of Monday on the overreaching attempt by the Department of Justice, and Manhattan United States Attorney Preet Bhahara, to subpoena the identities of commenters at Reason for silly rhetoric concerning a federal judge, has gotten some traction in the tech and legal blogospheres, and bit of mainstream coverage. Why the political media at large aren't covering this to a greater extent is a question we can't answer, but it's surprising, given that Reason is one of their own. Perhaps they figure that they've got their running shoes on, and they're happy the bear is going after someone else.
Nonetheless, we'd be remiss in failing to point out that a number of voices have been raised in Reason's defense, or at least covered the situation. For those who are following this issue, here's a by no means inclusive list of journalists and bloggers who've covered the story.
Editorial Board – New York Post. (Preet Bhahara's off-base strike at internet trolls.)
Russia Today. (Yes, Russia Today. Because Vladimir Putin is all about free press and free speech.)
Andy Greenberg – Slate and Wired. (I should add that Mr. Greenberg reacted very graciously to my angrily pointing out that he'd incorrectly stated the law, and updated an early version of the story.)
Jazz Shaw – Hot Air. (A pro-prosecution take to the effect that some terrorists may actually own deadly woodchippers.)
Ed Morrissey – Hot Air. (A dissenting view, more concerned with the threat to free speech than the threat of woodchippers.)
"Ace" – Ace of Spades HQ. (Who points out that the beast can be trained to attack in other directions, depending on its master, but it remains a beast.)
Mike Masnick – Techdirt. (With more background on the Ross "Dread Pirate Roberts" Ulbricht case.)
Joe Mullin – Ars Technica. (Another site that covered the Dread Pirate well.)
Annalee Newitz – Gizmodo. (This is why Gizmodo doesn't harvest IP addresses.)
Tim Lynch – Cato Institute. (Reason's less druggy older libertarian brother.)
Doug Mataconis – Outside the Beltway. (Noting the interesting timing, just after Elonis.)
Ryan Radia – Competitive Enterprise Institute. (A scholarly approach.)
Steven Hayward – Power Line. ("An in-kind contribution by DOJ to Rand Paul")
Peter Ingemi – Da Tech Guy. (On the stupidity of the comments, as well as the investigation.)
Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang. (Covering the "hypocritical braggarts" behind this investigation.)
Katherine Forrest – Above The Law. (Mildly disappointing for lack of substance and focus on the inanity of Reason's commenters, but ATL's own commenters are even worse than Reason's. Perhaps it was "meta.")
Nick Gillespie – Reason.com. (Please keep your comments civil.)
We don't endorse or agree with all of the coverage this situation has gotten, but obviously we think it's important. The only surprise is that it hasn't gotten more reporting. If you know of other coverage, from blogs or traditional media, please let me know in comments below, and I'll keep this list updated.
We will continue to cover this matter, as we are able.