Cass Sunstein wants to require websites to link to opposing views
Cass Sunstein abandoned the idea of requiring websites to link to opposing views
Cass Sunstein is a former University of Chicago law professor who served as the head of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009-2012. While he was in office, critics falsely claimed he wanted to require require websites to link to opposing views.
Though Sunstein discussed this idea in a 2002 book called Republic.com, PolitiFact.com reported that he tempered this view in a 2007 revision of the book called Republic.com 2.0. PolitiFact also reported that Sunstein distanced himself from the idea entirely in a 2008 interview:
[I]n a video interview on the Web site Bloggerheads.tv on Feb. 29, 2008, Sunstein actually goes a little bit farther than that, calling it a "bad idea" he should never have ventured.
Asked to explain some of the differences between the first book, what Sunstein called "the initial inadequate edition," and its successor, Sunstein said, "To me, the most important (difference) is that the first Republic.com was full of some bad policy recommendations and I was able to get rid of those. So I feel the book has been corrected."
"The initial book was interested in at least considering some government mandates that would require people to link to opposing views, that would require some attention to arguments that maybe had been neglected," Sunstein said. "And while the book Republic.com was pretty tentative about that, to be tentative about a bad idea, it's probably better not to even venture a bad idea. Some of the bad ideas I ventured tentatively as worth considering in Republic.com, in 2.0 I say they'd be bad ideas and they'd be unconstitutional."