Bloggers Beware Feinstein And Durbin

Does anybody want to continue to argue that the democrats in power are not fascists, or that they do not want total control over everything we do, say, eat, use, etc.?

From the Washington Examiner.

Democrats trying to criminalize citizen journalism

An amendment to a bill currently being considered by the Senate would deny ordinary citizens doing vital investigations in the public interest the same legal protections as professional journalists. If it were to become law, the change could significantly stifle important citizen journalism efforts similar to the recent ACORN expose.

The Senate is currently considering a new press shield law sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. The bill would “maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media.” Except that Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Cal., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., want to ensure that any new journalistic protections would only apply to professional journalists and not regular citizens. An amendment filed by Durbin and Feinstein would modify the legislation to define journalists thusly:

AMENDMENTS intended to be proposed by Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself and Mr. DURBIN)


In section 10(2)(A), strike clause (iii) and insert the following:

(iii) obtains the information sought while working as a salaried employee of, or independent contractor for, an entity—

(I) that disseminates information by print, broadcast, cable, satellite, mechanical, photographic, electronic, 1or other means; and

(II) that—

(aa) publishes a newspaper, book, magazine, or other periodical;

(bb) operates a radio or television broadcast station, network, cable system, or satellite carrier, or a channel or programming service for any such station, network, system, or carrier;

(cc) operates a programming service; or

(dd) operates a news agency or wire service;

In section 10(2)(B), strike ‘‘and’’ at the end.

In section 10(2)(C), strike the period at the end and insert ‘‘; and’’.

In section 10(2), add at the end the following:

(D) does not include an individual who gathers or disseminates the protected information sought to be compelled anonymously or under a pseudonym.

By Logistics Monster


  • S448 only has 8 sections. Can’t find the 10 Mark is referring to and he hasn’t gotten back to me yet with his source.

    The house version under the same title is 4 sections.

    Any search tips on current revisions to this bill? Co-sponsorship on it is bi-partisan, oddly.


    • The section he is referring to is under the amendment put forward. I am looking for the amendment right now through Govtrack.

  • You Better Be Good You Better Not Cheat….

    Who says there is no Santa? It’s beginning to feel a lot like
    Christmas. Santa’s helpers were busy hacking emails earlier this year;) Just one of the early gifts Americans received. He does live at the North Pole.

  • no-nonsence-nancy -

    They are so out of control. They have to be stopped. How do they even think up these atrocious bills? They are evil to the core. we need to recall most of congress immediately.

  • Nancy, the only answer to your query (in my opinion) is to VOTE THEM ALL OUT. This solution has been put forward for some time now by Grail Guardian, and it would solve our problems for a while. Also term limits should be put in to keep the new bunch from becoming so entrenched that they think they own the world like this bunch does.

    As you know, they fear the power of the blogs, and would like to keep from having the truth put out there every day like it is now. Do they call the MSM professionals? Not so much in my book.

  • Term limits were a promise made by Newt way back when Bill was in Office, but it never grew further than the populists who tabled it. They’re just as unlikely now as they were then. Which politicians in their right mind would push, much less pass, a law that puts them on an involuntary job hunt in eight years? Petitioning the House on this issue is as useless as tits on a bull.

    Convene. Deep six their current employment through general, nation-wide, non-political consensus, re-write the Constitution (although not too much re-writing is needed), and then re-establish the whole system from scratch. It’s the only option to keep this Union moving forward as intended.

    Your thoughts?


    • I understand what you are saying and yes, I don’t think term limits will happen anytime soon. At this point, we need to do what the left has been doing and keep people informed and involved. As for re-writing the Constitution – NEVER! That’s why there are amendments. Remember what happens when you open the door to anybody in charge – give them an inch and they take 20 miles. If amendments are needed, and there aren’t that many issues that really need to be addressed, then go for the amendments but DO NOT touch a document that has sustained us for 233 years. Most of what is wrong with the state of the union has come from congressmen and senators NOT paying attention to whether a bill or law is Constitutional or not. They just sally forth doing whatever they want and not following the rules.

      • Like I said, not much needs to be changed in the Constitution. It’s a durable and timeless document as is. Amending it still requires 2/3 Congress to propose, and 3/4 States to ratify.

        Again though, we would be asking powerfully positioned people to relinquish their appointments, and in some cases their long, multi-generational legacies, in a scant 6 to 8 years. History has never supported this proposition and it never will.

        I appreciate being informed, I really do. However my wallet continues to hemorrhage into domestic and foreign accounts that no one has ever bothered to seek my consent on because they may feel I’m too stupid to know any better. That goalpost of Happiness I pursue has been moved still another 10 yards down field. My liberty is fading fast, and through it I now see my growing servitude taking its place.

        So, one of my unalienable rights has been hobbled, the other is being mocked while writhing on the floor in cardiac arrest, and the third, well at least I still have that one for now, but it too is looking mighty questionable with what’s being passed around in D.C. agendas these past few years.

        It’s becoming more evident to dissolve those bands which the Houses have built up around themselves in an attempt to strengthen and maintain their own status quo.


  • Gee, does it mean that ONLY the journalist are going to be entitled to practice the 1st Amendment of “Freedom of speech”? It’s going to end when all of those who protest are either dead or in shackles, or worse, completely brainwashed!

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