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Old 09-13-2013, 09:20 PM
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Works or worked for “an entity or service that disseminates news or information by means of newspaper; nonfiction book; wire service; news agency; news website, mobile application or other news or information service…news program; magazine or other periodical…or through television or radio broadcast…” These people would have to have the “primary intent to investigate events and procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information.” Opinion journalists might not be covered.
Bloggers and citizen journalists – citizens who commit acts of journalists without working for such an outlet – would not be covered, unless it was determined that “at the inception of the process of gathering the news or information sought, had the primary intent to investigate issues or events and procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information.” In other words, the government – the Department of Justice – would now determine whether primary intent was news distribution or political concerns.
Those explicitly excluded from protection include those “whose principal function, as demonstrated by the totality of such person or entity’s work, is to publish primary source documents that have been disclosed to such person or entity without authorization.” Glenn Greenwald, please contact your lawyer.
Senate Amendment Would Give DOJ Power to Determine Who Is a 'Journalist'

I have a big problem with government defining what a person does. I also have a problem with a government giving special protection, (even though they do it all the time,) to a special class of citizen. Hopefully this amendment will not pass, as today we have many people who work as freelancers and would not get the protection they deserve under the first amendment.
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Damn the monkeys who think this is a good idea!
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Great idea.
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We will probably and yang over this kind of stuff as we navigate through the post youtube-twitter world.
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Great idea.
Great, good, anything on the "positive side", Mikeyy.
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Trust me. I'm trying really hard to figure out what in Zeus's butthole you just posted.
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Great, good, anything on the "positive side", Mikeyy.
Every idiot with a microphone, a pencil or a website these days thinks they are a journalist.
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Every idiot with a microphone, a pencil or a website these days thinks they are a journalist.
Yes. We need to be protected from them by a sock puppet masquerading as a respectable attorney general.
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What could possibly go wrong?

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What could possibly go wrong?

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