The war of words between Craigslist and South Carolina Attorney General Harry McMaster is escalating. In this round, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster wants an apology for McMaster's political showboating and failure to fully consider "the implications of your accusations."
McMaster's statement came after Craigslist revamped its adult entertainment listings. Enter Buckmaster's demand for an apology.
Buckmaster argues that if McMaster is going to pursue Craigslist it should chase all companies that offer adult entertainment ads.
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. 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.
Have you fully considered the implications of your accusations against craigslist? What’s a crime for craigslist is clearly a crime for any company. Are you really prepared to condemn the executives of each of the mainstream companies linked above, and all the others that feature such ads, as criminals?
It's a good argument. But there's no glory in chasing those larger companies. Instead, McMaster will continue his Craigslist crusade. It's all about the politics and McMaster wants to earn points for a governor race.
We’re willing to accept our share of criticism, but wrongfully accusing craigslist of criminal misconduct is simply beyond the pale. We would very much appreciate an apology at your very earliest convenience.
Buckmaster may be waiting for a while.