Bam! You're stupid!

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on January 12, 2016

Proving once again that stupid knows no political party, comes this proposed law from Kentucky.

Bystanders who post pictures on social media from the scene of a wreck could face fines under a proposal before the Kentucky General Assembly.

A bill assigned to the House Judiciary Committee would prohibit anyone who witnesses “an event that could reasonably result in a serious physical injury” from publishing information about that event on the Internet for at least an hour if their posting could identify potential victims.

Violators could be fined $20 to $100 per incident. Exceptions are made for the news media, victims of the event and emergency responders at the event.

Who's the law's idiot author?

Bam! You're stupid.
Politician knows his bill violates the First Amendment. Says bills are just a way to start a discussion.

The sponsor of House Bill 170, Republican state Rep. John “Bam” Carney of Campbellsville, said Monday that he wouldn’t push the bill this session.

“It’s purely my intent to get a discussion going out there, asking people to be more respectful about what they put on social media,” Carney said. “We’ve had some incidents, including one in my community, and I’d hate for anyone to learn about the loss of a loved one through social media.”

What's hilarious is all of the hand-wringing over people publishing photos online and the bill specifically exempts the news media. Good job there reaffirming the (mistaken) impression that members of the media are somehow a special class of citizen.

I've only got one thing to say to Rep. Carney: Bam! You're stupid!

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Doing some research and checked out @TheDispatchFC front page. It turns out the answer to every single one of these is "No." But one doesn't have that simple explanation on the main page. Why?

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