In attacking Craigslist, Dr. Phil stated that "Craigslist gave rise to prostitution." I guess he meant that prostitution was on the rise because of Craigslist but both these statements are quite hilarious. Cook County Sheriff agrees with Dr. Phil's weird notion that Craigslist creates prostitution:
Craigslist is the single largest source of prostitution in the nation. ... Missing children, runaways, abused women and women trafficked in from foreign countries are routinely forced to have sex with strangers because they're being pimped on Craigslist.
People might be forgetting this but prostitution began a long time (and I mean a really long time) before anybody heard of Craigslist, or even Internet. Craigslist cannot be "a source of prostitution." People are the only source of prostitution. Craigslist is a source of advertisement of sexual services, nothing more. Censoring Craigslist will not make prostitution disappear or even diminish. Can anybody imagine a prostitute saying to themselves: "Hmm, Craigslist is closed, well, then I won't prostitute myself any more and go find gainful employment"? Seriously? Is anybody really that dense?
Well, we all know what Dr. Phil is like and can't expect too much from him. It's sad, though, that the liberal circles have joined in this ridiculous fight against Craigslist, a fight that is being stoked by the dying print media whose dwindling resources are being further sapped by Craigslist. To give an example, Echidne, a famous feminist blogger published a post that celebrates the anti-Craigslist censorship. The post is titled "Craigslist stops pimping under protest." It is as disingenious as Dr. Phil's proclamations on the subject, since Craigslist is free for its users (which is precisely what makes the print media hate this site). We are all used to the religious right defending the freedom of religion only for their own religion and the freedom of speech exclusively for themselves. Are the liberals now going to follow in their footsteps? Will we support censorship for ideas we don't like?