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Drudge Hates Feinstein’s New Media Shield Bill — is Defining ‘Journalist’ Really ‘Fascist’?

A media shield law approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee defines a “real reporter” deserving of extra protection. Bloggers, “citizen journalists,” and others cry “foul!”

by Patrik Jonsson, CS Monitor:

In its attempt to define who’s a journalist and who’s not, is the US Senate trying to say that Thomas Paine, a corset-maker, wouldn’t have deserved the same protections from government heavy-handedness as a newspaper publisher like Ben Franklin?

The first version of a media shield law that handily made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday defined for the first time what constitutes a “real reporter” deserving of extra protection versus what Sen. Dianne Feinstein called a “17-year-old blogger” who doesn’t deserve a legal shield.

While Mr. Paine eventually edited magazines in the United States, he’s best known for his pamphleteering days, when he self-published “Common Sense,” one of the American Revolution’s most poignant calls to arms. Modern bloggers often see themselves as the inheritors of the pamphleteering tradition, and many wondered on Friday whether Paine would be covered under the proposed law.

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5 comments to Drudge Hates Feinstein’s New Media Shield Bill — is Defining ‘Journalist’ Really ‘Fascist’?

  • Brian

    Enough said:
    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  • NaySayer

    This is another attempt to control the world through controlling the meaning of words. We have “kinetic actions”.

    If they get to define what a “journalist” is then they can strip the rights of anybody who has an alternative media site who doens’t meet their criteria. Journalist shield laws won’t apply to them. It is fascist and this is the same crap hitler did to alter and corrupt laws so he had a semblance of legality for everything he did.

    Free markets are “black” markets, preppers are “hoarders” or “speculators” Patriots are “domestic terrorists”. Rationing won’t be forced communism, forced military drafts won’t be slavery, confiscation of gold/silver/copper/preps will not be theft. WE have to stop letting them decide what words mean.

  • Eric

    “Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. ”


  • Isaac

    If she understood American history (and I believe she understands it all too well), she would also be aware of the fact that when tyrants such as the Dragon Lady reach such an extreme level of overstepping, it is the DUTY of the people to “remove” these tyrants from positions allowing such tyranny to continue.

    Demonic bottom feeders such as Fienstein are running scared like never before, but will put on their game face to deceive us into thinking they’re firmly in control simply because, at the moment, they control the laws.

    They know how this is gonna end. All of this bowing up is one last, desperate hurrah. It’s on. Don’t think they don’t understand that.

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