Buckmaster yesterday evening blogged about the previous week’s events, including McMaster’s decision to go ahead with a criminal investigation and possible prosecution despite changes implemented by Craigslist to ensure the site complied with policies and procedures endorsed by AG McMaster.
Reiterating the point made in a blog post published over the weekend, Buckmaster points out that there are many other sites that offer similar adult-themed sections and asks why the South Carolina Attorney General is not pressuring those companies in the same way.
“Many prominent companies, including AT&T, Microsoft, and Village Voice Media, not to mention major newspapers and other upstanding South Carolina businesses feature more ‘adult services’ ads than does Craigslist, some of a very graphic nature,” writes Buckmaster. “For a small sampling, look (careful NSFW) here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here,” he says, providing links. (Click here to read Jim Buckmaster's entire post.) Buckmaster goes on to point out that what’s a crime for Craigslist is a crime for other companies too and to by painting Craigslist in such a manner, the Attorney General is condemning the CEO’s of the company’s above. Mr. Buckmaster points out that condemning SC newspapers and publications, AG McMaster could potentially harm his gubernatorial campaign.
The CEO finishes by asking the Attorney General for an apology:
Mr McMaster, I strongly recommend you reconsider and retract your remarks, and positively affirm that you have no intention of launching criminal investigations aimed at any of these upstanding companies, because in truth none of them are deserving of such treatment. Certainly when it comes to Craigslist, by any objective standard your threats and accusations are unreasonable and unfair:
* threats of criminal prosecution are utterly unwarranted by the facts
* the charges threatened are unconstitutional and barred by federal law
* our adult ad screening regimen is stricter than the one you endorsed
* our adult services ads are fewer and tamer than other SC venues
If you were Henry McMaster would you apologize or consider widening your scope to include all the other companies who have adult-themed sections of a more graphic nature? AG Henry McMaster has yet to respond.