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The fact that the US Senate is now defining what a journalist actually is sets a dangerous precedent threatening the present marketplace of ideas that in recent history has been greatly expanded by the internet.
According to the text of an amendment sponsored by Senators Diane Feinstein and Dick Durbin to the proposed “Free Flow of Information Act” (PDF) that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 12, only salaried journalists will be given the free press protections guaranteed to all US citizens by the Constitution.
Under such a law presumably only the news reporters and analysts employed by moderate-to-substantial revenue-generating news entities are regarded as “legitimate” journalists. This is because the Feinstein-Durbin amendment’s wording is especially vague on exactly what type of news organization the writer needs to be affiliated with to be able to comment and report freely.
reply to post by Spider879
I believe they made "gov't propaganda" "legal" again in some stupid kind of act.
These people in gov't really need to be removed.
They must really be scared of something more than just american's freedom, which we certainly haven't taken advantage of in the last couple of decades.
What are they going to start doing? Jailing bloggers? Is this what it's going to take to wake people up?
Can you imagine that criminal holder trying to prosecute free americans on some kind of trumped up charges?
Guess they've done it to military men/women on blogs.
I just need to add - I refuse to watch any "news" on tv after watching that criminal kerry do the syria "testimony" on tv. "Saudi Arabia has said they'd pay for our military intervention" Our people as mercenary soldiers to die for some other country! fyck you.edit on 19-9-2013 by Happy1 because: (no reason given)