Monday, October 16, 2006

Holt:: Clear Now that Halter Defends Porn Operation

LITTLE ROCK--"Senator Jim Holt, the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, was giving Democratic opponent Bill Halter the benefit of a doubt concerning his position on the board of a company that made money by distributing pornography and online gambling. Now that Mr. Halter has defended his company's activities in his own words it is time to speak out" said Holt spokesman Dan Noble.

Holt stuck mostly to fiscal issues at a recent debate, along with questions about Halter’s 27 year absence from the state. Halter returned to Arkansas last year to run for Lt. Governor. Holt’s one brief mention of the pornography and gambling issue in that debate was in the context of dismissing Halter’s business resume.

“I always assumed that he disapproved of his company signing contracts with pornographers and online gambling interests that Congress has since clamped down on. My point Thursday was that he can’t ride his business experience to office when something like this was going on right under his nose without his knowledge. It now appears that whether he knew about Akamai’s specific activities or not, he has no problem with making money distributing pornography.” Holt said.

Halter sits on the board of Akamai technologies. In 2002 the Boston Globe broke the story that Akami was using University and even public school servers to store and to distribute pornographic content, including material that boasted, “ ‘the Web’s youngest teen girls’in live sex acts”. After the story broke, Akamai executives decided to “phase out” their relationships with producers of pornography and online gambling.

Halter defended his company’s actions at a press conference after the AETN debate. He is quoted in an Andrew DeMillo article as saying "The fact is this company delivers content over the Internet in the same way that phone companies deliver content over phone lines," Halter said. "It's hard to imagine somebody saying that the manufacturers of video tapes or phone companies are pornographers because of what somebody else does with their product.”

“His analogy is flawed.” Holt retorted, “If someone goes to the store and buys a blank tape and puts teen porn on it, the tape company is not responsible because they can’t know what is going to be on the tape. But if a company signs a contract with someone making teen porn to distribute the tapes, then they are responsible. They know what is on the tapes. Akamai knew what the content was. So does Bill Halter, but he is using flawed analogies to defend his company’s role as cultural polluters.”

“Bill Halter does not reflect Arkansas values” said Noble. “We hold that profit from porn is indefensible and Mr. Halter owes a better explanation to the voters of Arkansas on why he continues to associate himself with this company.” Noble commented.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Holt’s one brief mention of the pornography and gambling issue in that debate was in the context of dismissing Halter’s business resume."

Actually, his brief mention of it was in his closing statement when Halter had no chance to respond. Pretty cold and calculating to me.

2:24 PM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we to assume that Jim Holt's Web site is hosted by an Internet provider that blocks all pornography? He wouldn't use a service that would also allow porn, would he?

2:27 PM, October 16, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

You guys miss the point and are using the same flawed analogy Halter did. I will repeat the rebuttal, and you look it over real close until you get it....

“His analogy is flawed.” Holt retorted, “If someone goes to the store and buys a blank tape and puts teen porn on it, the tape company is not responsible because they can’t know what is going to be on the tape. But if a company signs a contract with someone making teen porn to distribute the tapes, then they are responsible. They know what is on the tapes. Akamai knew what the content was. So does Bill Halter, but he is using flawed analogies to defend his company’s role as cultural polluters.”

3:31 PM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't ...think ...beyond ...party ...lines. Must ...stop ...taking in ...facts...

Argggghhhhh! [ <- to be read with Howard Dean inflection]

5:57 PM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then according to your analogy, Mark, 2:27 is right. Holt KNOWS that pornography is all over the internet, yet he has a web site on that same internet. Isn't he then supporting AOL, COX or whomever his internet provider is in their profits on both his web site and porn sites? Should he knowingly pull his site down rather than support such a dirty organization?

6:08 PM, October 16, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Yes and he also travels down roads that are used by trucks to deliver porn magazines (if there are any left) and have adult video stores on them. So Holt should just stay in his house, right?

You are willfully ignorant. The analogy is clear. Akamai had a contract with the companies promoting porn, to distrubute their pornographic content, in exchange for money. That is not analogous to using the same internet that porn sites use.

Akamai was ENABLING the porn sites, not grudgingly co-existing with them. They weren't just breathing the same air as the pornographers, they were giving them air.

6:52 PM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get the Halter campaign e-mails. It reads like they're smacking Holt around the arena. Looks like they caught in another lie.

THE TRUTH HURTS:
Holt Caught in Another Lie

(Little Rock) - Jim Holt, who last week said he was unaware of content in his own radio ads and ordered them pulled when he learned that they contained lies, had himself previously stated those lies on more than one occasion.

Holt, who says he knows Bill Halter did not live in California for the past 25 years, told reporters last week that he pulled the radio ads because he did not want to spread false information. But repeated public statements in press releases dating back to August show Holt personally spreading the same exact lie:


AUGUST 14, 2006

"Bill is obviously misinformed since he has been in California the last 25 years and his spokesperson is from the D.C. area."

- Jim Holt from press release

AUGUST 22, 2006

"Had Halter been residing in Arkansas rather than California the last 20 years or so,
he would have known how ridiculous his accusation is," Holt contended.

- Jim Holt response statement


"Jim Holt is essentially admitting that he was deliberately lying in August when he made these false statements," said Halter campaign manager Michael Cook. "Last week, he blamed his campaign for producing the content of the ads without his knowledge. But the ads' content is exactly the same lies he has been spreading himself since last August."

"Jim Holt said he pulled the ads to stop spreading false information," continued Cook, "but we now have learned that he was personally spreading these lies long before the ads began to air."

At a news conference last week, Holt was questioned about a radio ad his campaign produced and aired which stated that Halter had lived in California for 25 years. Holt claimed that he was not aware of the ad's content which includes his voice and was approved by his campaign. He further stated that he ordered the pulled from rotation because he knew Bill Halter had not lived in California for 25 years and that he didn't want to spread false information.

"Jim Holt is running a reckless and desperate campaign and has been caught in yet another lie," said Michael Cook, Halter campaign manager. "When Jim Holt was 'called on the carpet' for lying in a radio ad, Holt told another lie to get out of the first lie."

"You can't trust Jim Holt," said Cook. "Holt is a professional politician, running a desperate campaign, who will lie, and say or do anything to get elected. He lied to Arkansans last week and now he is doing it again."



Response to Holt's Akamai Distortion
"Jim Holt is once again being dishonest," continued Cook. "And what makes his behavior even more reprehensible is the fact that he knows the truth because it has already been widely reported during the primary run-off election. The same person, Dan Noble, who ran the Democratic campaign that made these false charges back in June is now running Jim Holt's campaign."


"When Bill Halter and Akamai's Board of Directors were alerted about these companies, they immediately ordered the executive team to end all of their relationships," said Cook. "Now Akamai is an industry leader and the company expressly prohibits these practices in detail within their own "Acceptable Uses Policy."


Akamai has many important and notable clients. In 2004, Akamai was hired to web-broadcast the Republican National Convention. Further, Akamai currently has 14 of the 15 federal cabinet departments as clients. They are:
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of the Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury

7:54 PM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHERE HAS HALTER BEEN the last quarter century, cause he hasn't been in Arkansas, and he didn't "serve" Clinton in DC that whole time.

8:56 PM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Post Halter's resume somewhere else, bud. You're not fooling anyone on this blog.

Those of us who actually LIVE in Arkansas during campaign off-season know that Jim Holt is as honest as they come. We can also smell a condescending liberal 5 states away.

A hundred dollars says Halter leaves Arkansas when he loses next month. Any takers?

9:10 PM, October 16, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Lie? Jim Holt may have made an honest mistake, but he is no liar. That's just the kind of talk people will have to listen to if they are dumb enough to vote for Halter.

Its a sign of Holt's integrity that he pulled the ads on a technical mistake like that when the real point is that Halter has spent the last 25 years away from this state.

Halter's money and wife come from California. I guess we don't know where he has been the last quarter century, but it sure ain't Arkansas.

As for "takers", hey Bud Jackson, if that's you. I have communicated with a radio guy, wanna set up a debate between you and me. You gonna show or you gonna hide behind your fax machine?

6:57 AM, October 17, 2006  
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