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Senate panel brings federal law one step closer to kneecapping bloggers [message #114883] Wed, 18 September 2013 10:17
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Advancing their quest for "common sense press control," the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to define who the government will consider to be an "Authorized Journalist," meaning if the measure becomes law, they will also be able to declare who is not. Voting 13-5 on "a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with news organizations ... the overall bill will ... would codify many of the regulations proposed earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder," Fox News reported.

Defining "covered journalists" as those who are "an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information," the bill would also "extend to student journalists," the report continues, meaning it will also codify who is an "Authorized Student." That opens itself to other questions, for instance, what if an activist blogger is also just a part-time online university attendee, and what institutional accreditation is required? Will the student's major factor in, does it mean they have to work for the school paper, or what?

That this particular triumvirate sees itself as the arbiters of not just government declaring who merits elite "more equal than others" recognition, but as vested with legitimate Constitutional powers to make such a determination backed by force of law in the first damn place, is hardly surprising. After all, the Second Amendment isn't safe around them either, so why would people think other freedoms would be?

In this case, Schumer is acting as bagman for the White House, Feinstein views the First Amendment as a "special privilege" to grant (loyal) "real reporters," and Durbin is left scheming over how he can work the obsolescence of quill pens and the English Common Press to his advantage.

Full article: http://www.examiner.com/article/senate-panel-brings-federal- law-one-step-closer-to-kneecapping-bloggers



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