Back into your PJs!

back to your Mom’s basement!

You bloooogers Citizens don’t count.

“All we’re doing is adding privilege to existing First Amendment rights, so there is, logically, zero First Amendment threat out of this,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, (D) of Rhode Island.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

On its face, the proposed shield law doesn’t affect the First Amendment, which at any rate doesn’t guarantee anybody’s right to publish whatever they want.

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…

So “speech” do longer includes written speech?

Good to know…

The bill simply adds extra protections against being forced to testify about sources for established reporters and freelancers with a “considerable” amount of publishing experience.

Define “considerable.”

It also allows a judge to make a declaration as to who’s a journalist and who’s not in an attempt to build the shield as wide as possible.

“A Judge” decides who gets “rights.” Not Nature or Nature’s God.

Also good to know.

7 Comments!

  1. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 8:27 am |

    Yep, as I wrote below, In order to Issue “special privileges,” they need to draw a line between press and speech, so they’re essentially creating a licensed press. Oh, sure, it’s “free;” but there’s always the implied threat that the license can be revoked, if one strays from the traditional and acceptable roles and behavior of the press (as the gov’t defines them).

    Remember, licensing is generally designed to protect a profession from unlimited entry and competition, not to assure quality, so I expect the MSM to be on-board, and I mean big-time.

  2. Caged Insanity
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:13 am |

    It *really* is way past time for that “other box” to be used, in excess.

  3. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm |

    As presently written, several credible writers (…ala: Conservative…) whose articles I read today, say that bloggers on the internet will in no way be affected!

  4. ZZMike
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm |

    “… attempt to build the shield as wide as possible.”

    By which he means, of course, “as narrow as possible”.

  5. mojo
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm |

    Rent seeking MSM dorks… They think they own the news.

  6. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 11:09 am |

    Because, this is real journalism:

    Yep, it’s like, you know, all fact-checked an’ stuff.

  7. CAPT Mike
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 12:02 am |

    the ACLU is officially irrelevant.