In Sunstein's world, self-government=big government by bureaucrats and politicians who are not "abused" on the internet or radio.
The Dark Side of New York Times v. Sullivan
One of the goals of the court’s ruling was to protect self-government, but the effects on self-government are not all good. Talk show hosts, bloggers and users of social media can spread ugly falsehoods in an instant -- exposing citizens to lies that may well cause them to look on their leaders with unjustified suspicion.
I wonder, does he like Orwell and not see that Orwell had people like him in mind when when he wrote Animal Farm and 1984. Or is he honest enough and clear-headed enough to hate Orwell?
Note as well, it is the new media that does the lying in Sunstein's argument. The MSM is presumably the slow but honest counter-balance to those meddling bloggers and lying readio hosts.
Presumably, government work makes one incapable of lying or distorting the facts. Because a government that lied would be much more dangerous to self-government than bloggers or twitterers.
Richard Jewell was unavailable for comment on that point.