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U.S. Senate ready to pass bill protecting journalists but bloggers excluded

media microphonesThe U.S. Senate has mustered up enough bipartisan votes to pass a new media shield bill into law. The measure was crafted after huge concerns were raised when the DOJ secretly confiscated records from the Associated Press and James Rosen of Fox News under the guise of investigating leaks of classified information. Many Americans have considered the DOJ’s actions a blatant violation of the First Amendment which says the following:

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. [emphasis mine]

While the bill is crafted to protect “journalists” who write exposés from revealing their confidential sources, it leaves non-journalists out in the cold. Senators who crafted the bill made sure it applies to only employees of traditional and online media organizations who distribute news or information, including “newspaper, nonfiction book, wire service,
news agency, news website, mobile application or other news or information service (whether distributed digitally or otherwise); news program, magazine or other periodical, whether in print, electronic or other format; or thorough television or radio broadcast … or motion picture for public showing.” Additionally, a federal judge would be free to determine if someone is an entity that should be covered by the impending law.

However, someone like Julian Assange or Glenn Greenwald, who published Edward Snowden’s leaks, would probably not be protected. Anyone posting to social media, whether it’s a blog, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. would definitely not have protection under this proposed law.

One possible reason for the narrowly-defined class of those covered is that the majority of media outlets are under the control of the NWO and the Senators are just looking out for their own because they know they won’t have much to worry about from them. Blogger Rick Moran thinks it’s “[b]ecause anyone can expose wrongdoing by the rich and powerful if they have an internet connection and a confidential source and that’s just too scary for the powers that be.” He goes on to note that ‘[i]t’s ridiculous to think that just because someone doesn’t get paid to be a “journalist” that this somehow makes them less a legitimate purveyor of news than some MSM hack. This bill is all about controlling the flow of information and managing the sorts of people who are privileged enough to be protected.’


Donna Cassata. Schumer: Senate Has Votes for Media Shield Law. Associated Press. March 21, 2014.

Rick Moran. Media shield law moves forward in Senate – Without bloggers. March 22, 2014.

Harry A. Gaylord


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