Oh me oh my. Chris Dodd, the former Senator from Connecticut best known for dating Bianca Jagger and Carrie Fisher, has taken up the mantle of Captain Hypocrisy. Dodd, you may remember, decided to sully any good will from leaving office as the co-author of that crazy law that says financial institutions shouldn’t be able to collapse the economy anymore, by becoming the CEO and mouthpiece of the MPAA.
Well now he’s accusing websites such as Wikipedia of “abusive” behavior and “an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services” for blacking out in protest over the internet privacy laws before Congress. Just in case anyone needed a reality check, Wikipedia is a free to the public website supported by a non-profit organization and funded with user donations that just decided to withhold its free content from the public for one day. The MPAA on the other hand is supported by a multi-billion dollar industry and spends almost half a million dollars in lobbying every QUARTER and millions in campaign contributions every year (these numbers were just through Q2 2011).
But the hypocrisy is more than just the head of an organization that wontonly abuses the monied political system calling a free protest an abuse of power. It’s that the MPAA’s whole argument for these ill-conceived laws is that people shouldn’t get something for nothing — that consumers shouldn’t feel entitled to content owned by the entertainment industry. But now, when Wikipedia decides to withhold content it owns, it is a disservice to the audience. You really can’t make this stuff up.