Last week, I happened to watch Huckabee on Fox News Channel which features former Arkansas Republican Governor and former Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee, and he did an anti-Internet gambling segment with former Arkansas Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. Now I see stuff like this every now and then and usually don’t find it objectionable. That’s because I feel that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and if that opinion is different from mine, then that’s okay, and that’s just the way it is.
But this segment was different. Not only was their opinion different from mine, which again is okay, but former Senator Blanche Lincoln, with former Governor Huckabee agreeing, presented a number of facts to back up her position. These facts included stuff like kids maximizing their parents’ credit cards, Internet gambling by kids destroying lots of families, terrorist activities, money laundering, geo location problems, and psychiatrists in brick and mortar casinos who look for problem gamblers.
Well the problem with this discussion is that none of this stuff is true. That is, I don’t object to someone having a different opinion of Internet gambling than mine, but I do object when they use false facts to justify their position.
Anyway, in our “News, Views, and Gossip Forum” there is a thread entitled “Huckabee Anti‑Internet Gambling Segment,” and the segment from the Huckabee show was posted by Two Plus Two poster GJS70.
I hope everyone who reads this note can watch the segment and read the thread if you haven’t already. This should give you a good idea as to what we are up against in the quest to get more states to legalize Internet poker.
Finally, I want to point out two other things. First, notice that the segment in question featured a Republican and a Democrat. That is the enemies of online poker come from both sides of the aisle, just like the friends of online gambling (including Internet poker) do as well.
Second, I also want to point out that I have watched a favorable segment on Internet poker that also appeared on Fox News – The Stossel Show which features libertarian John Stossel. So again, our friends come from all over the political spectrum.