A Politico post this evening quotes Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D-VT), author of the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA), who issued a dismissive statement today. Referring to Wikipedia, Reddit, and other companies supporting tomorrow’s Internet blackout, he said:
Perhaps if these companies would participate constructively, they could point to what in the actual legislation they contend threatens their websites, and then we could dispel their misunderstandings.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), author of the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) issued a statement in which he referred specifically to Wikipedia:
It is ironic that a website dedicated to providing information is spreading misinformation about the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites. This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts.
Now I ask you, who do you think knows more about the workings of the Internet, Leahy and Smith or Wikipedia, Reddit, WordPress, Mozilla, and the hundreds of thousands of individuals who use it every day?