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California Senator Dianne Feinstein has proposed an amendment to the Media Shield Law – an irrelevant law ignoring protection already afforded by the First Amendment – that would limit the law’s protection only to “real reporters,” not bloggers and other upstart alternative media types.
A real reporter, declared Madame Feinstein during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, is “a salaried agent” of a media company like the New York Times or ABC News, not a shoestring operation with volunteers and writers who are not paid.
Feinstein voiced her concern “that the current version of the bill would grant a special privilege to people who aren’t really reporters at all, who have no professional qualifications,” like bloggers and citizen journalists.
Originally posted by xDeadcowx
Sounds like a good way to be able to restrict journalists and only approve those with a partisan viewpoint.
Originally posted by neo96
Feinstein the fascist !
Your not a real politician unless your bought and paid for, because that is essentially what she is saying.
A real journalist is paid shill which is an insult to anyone who criticized the 'holy' government.edit on 9-8-2013 by neo96 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Bassago
Read this earlier today. So if this becomes law and if you are a serious blogger or citizen journalist you'd better create an LLC and then pay yourself $1 a month in salary. Pain in the butt but for serious private journalists this may be the protection you need.