Let there be no doubt....this is to take down sites like this.
Watch video of Feinstine here
Who would decide who fell within these guidelines? A “judge of the United States” can “exercise discretion to avail the persons of the protections of this Act.” But in the first instance, the DOJ would have the discretion to determine whether a person is a “journalist” for purposes of the law. Instead of focusing on acts of journalism, the law would identify people by employment status.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said that it should not matter to citizen journalists if new protections extended to a special class of journalists created by the government, since the First Amendment does not grant any right to protect sources in the first place. “When we’re discussing the issue of adding a privilege, the issue of taking away someone’s First Amendment rights just isn’t engaged….All we’re doing is adding privilege to existing First Amendment rights, so there is, logically, zero First Amendment threat out of this,” said Whitehouse, ignoring the fact that a massive institutional advantage would be handed to approved government outlets, thereby perverting the entire system of a free press.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) launched into the proposed bill, which he said could “have the effect of excluding certain persons from enjoying the added First Amendment protections the bill would provide.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) agreed, stating, “Essentially as I understand this amendment, it protects what I would characterize as the ‘corporate media.’…But it leaves out citizen bloggers….I don’t think any protection should treat citizen bloggers who are meeting the underlying test of being primarily engaged in gathering news to report it I don’t think they should be excluded because they don’t happen to work for a media corporation.” He continued:
It strikes me that we are on dangerous territory if we are drawing distinctions that are treating some engaged in the process of reporting and journalism better than others. If we are advantaging those who happen to receive a paycheck from a corporate media entity over those who happen to be citizens….I for one would have deep troubles with legislation from Congress saying ‘we will grant special privileges if you happen to work for a corporate media interest’….It seems to me the First Amendment protects the activity, not the employment status of the person engaging in it.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).
We do not need any more laws.
Agree we have way too many as it is
Hitler, Stalin, Mao....
OMG, we are living under Communism. What first Amendment?
This means no one can speak unless they control them.
Seems to me the US Constitution gives We the People a legal means to resist Tyranny without necessary taking up arms.
When the Senate--or any other branch of our Government acts in violation of the contract we the people have the power to resist. and Resistance to Tyranny is obedience to God. a people who do not know God --need a Tyrant to tell them how they must live. A free american has the Holy Bible and knows that human law is invalid when it contradicts the Laws dictated by God ,Himself.The First Amendment recognizes that every American has the right to freedom of the Press, and Freedom of Speech, and those other named fundamental rights.and fundamental rights are ceded to political convenience there is Tyranny....a people enslaved .
Marty, there is method to their madness...create disorganized mass confusion and call it civilization...~ Semper Fi!
Is there anyone that explain to this old Gunnery Sergeant' military mind why it takes our idiot liberal retards at the DOJ to define a "journalist"? What is wrong with any of our dictionaries? If we can get numb-nuts in the White House to read English, maybe he should try this: http://www.freedictionary.org/?Query=journalist ~ Semper Fi!
Marty, I have not been a tolerant person since I graduated Boot Camp in April 1960. I have no desire to have a battle of wits with all these unarmed, self-propelled, bi-pedal, stupids that walk upright and are allowed to vote. Many years ago I read a book (later a movie) titled "A Walk in the Sun". There was one statrement in that book that meant more to me than the rest of the book, "Kill them all, all but six, save them for pallbearers". Semper Fi!
Well, I will say any thing I feel like saying and if they don't like it, they can Kiss my ASS. Free Speech is protected and will be backed up by the 2nd Amendment that guarantees that protection......