Oh, we knew this was coming didn’t we? Control the internet, and more importantly, control the blogosphere. The best part is that in the end Eric Holder and the DOJ will be the determiner of just who is a journalist in case there is any question. Let us not let this assault get away from us while we are distracted on so many fronts.
The US Senate attempted to define who is and is not a journalist. In the process of passing a “Shield Law” to protect journalists and their sources, a fiery debate ensued over just who is a journalist and who deserves the shield law protection.
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) was adamant to only extend the protection to “real reporters” and not, she said, a 17-year-old with his own website.
“I can’t support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I’m not going to go there.”
Matt Drudge, a man who redefined journalism at the dawn of the new media, and continues to lead the industry in traffic and influence, took to Twitter to defend bloggers and to hammer the senator.
And Drudge is speaking from personal experience. There was a time when the political and media establishment targeted him as “Public Enemy #1” and his groundbreaking work was derided as the end of journalism. Drudge tweets that even a federal judge attempted to define his work as non-journalism. Video of the Feinstein hearing over at : Breitbart
Notes from the video clip below:
Senators Diane Feinstein & Schumer have proposed legislation that would “define” journalist as some one who works for a ‘real’ journalism organization, ie: ABC, CNN, FOX, NY Times etc etc. Thereby excluding any alternative media, bloggers or citizen journalists. Plain & simple, you would have to be government approved in order to report and NOT face criminal charges for whatever the government deemed as NOT being journalism or news. THE GOVERNMENT WISHES NOW TO CONTROL THE MEDIA & SILENCE dissent. To report anything the government does not deem as news could land you in jail.