Dick Durbin’s formal definition of a journalist deserving of protection under a proposed federal shield law has set the blogosphere on fire, namely because the blogosphere isn’t included.
Under an amendment backed by Durbin and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal.), only those working for “a newspaper, book, magazine, or other periodical” would be shielded from testifying in court about their confidential sources.
“Not included: student journalists, amateur bloggers, or even freelancers working without a contract,” reports the Nieman Journalism Lab.
The rightosphere and the leftosphere have joined together to make Durbin a marked man.
“Democrats trying to criminalize citizen journalism,” the Washington Examiner says.
“Help! Help! I’m/You’re being repressed! (seriously),” Firedoglake says.
Even traditional media is outraged.
Read More: By STEVE RHODES, NBC Chicago
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