Yes friends, having gotten as much traction and they are going to on gun control, the Dems are now moving along to speech control. Stating by defining a "journalist". Otherwise know as the "Saving the New York Times by killing the Internet" law.Now, I should say right here that if the AP thinks that the NSA isn't recording 100% of every damn thing that every single individual at the AP says and does on-line and by phone, from the CEO to the night janitor , 24/7/365, then the AP is living in a dream world. Because the NSA is most certainly doing all of that, at the very least.
A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader media shield legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their sources.
The Judiciary Committee's action cleared the way for approval of legislation prompted by the disclosure earlier this year that the Justice Department had secretly subpoenaed almost two months of telephone records for 21 phone lines used by reporters and editors for The Associated Press and secretly used a warrant to obtain some emails of a Fox News journalist. The subpoenas grew out of investigations into leaks of classified information to the news organizations.
The AP received no advance warning of the subpoena.
The vote was 13-5 for a compromise defining a "covered journalist" as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information. The individual would have been employed for one year within the last 20 or three months within the last five years.
[Senator Dianne Feinstein, D. Ca] said the intent was to set up a test to determine a bona fide journalist.
"I think journalism has a certain tradecraft. It's a profession. I recognize that everyone can think they're a journalist," Feinstein said.
|Watch out for the steep part, kids!|
- There will be journalism licenses issued in the United States of America before the 2016 elections. Possibly before the 2014 election.
- The bill will receive bi-partisan support.