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A Michigan lawmaker wants to license reporters to ensure they’re credible and vet them for “good moral character.”
Senator Bruce Patterson is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers. Patterson, who also practices constitutional law, says that the general public is being overwhelmed by an increasing number of media outlets--traditional, online and citizen generated--and an even greater amount misinformation.
Originally posted by ventian
reply to post by boondock-saint
All it means is that journalists will now be "government approved". I am sure there are plenty of socialists on right now that are jumping for joy.
“It’s a single sponsor bill. I think that says it all” said Mike MacLaren, executive director of the Michigan Press Association.
Originally posted by ventian I am sure there are plenty of socialists on right now that are jumping for joy.
Originally posted by LifeInDeath
Typical of Fox News, they fail to mention that this lawmaker is a Republican.
[edit on 5/30/2010 by LifeInDeath]
Originally posted by manta78
reply to post by Jessicamsa
I hope the senator is squeaky clean himself. You know the press is going to go after him like he's never seen before; and it won't matter which party he is affiliated with.
[edit on 30-5-2010 by manta78]
Originally posted by Jessicamsa
It also goes on to say, "According to the bill, reporters must provide the licensing board proof of:
--"Good moral character” and demonstrate they have industry “ethics standards acceptable to the board.”
--Possession of a degree in journalism or other degree substantially equivalent.
--Not less than 3 years experience as a reporter or any other relevant background information.
--Awards or recognition related to being a reporter.
--Three or more writing samples.
Reporters will also have to pay an application and registration fee."
Originally posted by PsykoOps
This can't pass. Most ridicilous piece of legistlation ever.
Originally posted by Freedom or Death
These people hold the power of the masses thinking. They should be considered dangerous unless they are correctly reporting the news.