Is it any surprise whatsoever that Dianne Feinstein is one of the legislators behind this motion? If the government is grasping to destroy a particular civil liberty, you can be sure that around 90% of the time that Dianne Feinstein (or John McCain) is one of the politicians being used to sell the lie to the American people.
In this instance, Feinstein wants the government to be able to determine who is a “real journalist” and who is not, and apparently, the only people she considers real journalists are those that are paid by mega-corporations that promote the bottom line of the establishment. Sounds like the Sovietization/Corporatization of America to me…
Brandon Smith, Associate Editor
As the U.S. Senate continues to debate a national law to protect journalists from protecting their sources, two Senators believe unpaid bloggers and websites like WikiLeaks shouldn’t get extended First Amendment protections.
The Senate Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 would establish a national “shield law” that would give journalists protection from testifying in situations when investigators want the sources of confidential information used in media reports.
However, in today’s world, the definition of the word “journalist” means different things to different people, and two powerful Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Durbin, say journalists only should enjoy extended First Amendment protection if they work for traditional media outlets on a paid basis.
The Free Flow of Information Act was introduced earlier this year by Senator Charles Schumer, who had introduced a similar bill in 2009 with the late Senator Arlen Specter. Back then, Feinstein and Durbin wanted strict definitions of the word “journalists” after the WikiLeaks story broke.
Their current amendment to the bill poses the same questions.
“This bill is described as a reporter shield law — I believe it should be applied to real reporters,” Feinstein said last week. “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.”
The Feinstein-Durbin proposed amendment would narrowly define journalists as “a salaried agent” of a media company.
Feinstein also reportedly said that the bill shouldn’t apply to WikiLeaks or “a 17-year-old who drops out of high school, buys a website for $5 and starts a blog.”
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