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    Tag: journalism

    Republican Lawmaker Attacks the First Amendment.

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Sun May 30, 2010 at 10:22:28 AM EST
    Tags: Constitution, 1st amendment, journalism, Michigan (all tags)

    The Republican Party of Michigan had better put a stop to this before the Democrats take up the idea.  Bruce Patterson (R) Canton introduced bill 1323, Establish "Michigan Registered Reporter" registration and screening" on May 11th, 2010.

    This is the type of thing that really ticks off the tea party people.  The idea that our lawmakers are supposed to protect us from ourselves.  NO!  You lawmakers are supposed to protect our rights and our borders, pay the bills on legitimate spending set forth in the Constitution AND NO MORE!

    What are we doing here?  Did I wake up in China?  I suppose the moderates in our party thought this was a grand idea.

    According to Fox News, the law would:

    ... regulate  reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and  plumbers.

    According to the bill, reporters must  provide the licensing board proof of:

    --"Good moral character" and demonstrate  they have industry "ethics standards acceptable to the board."

    --Possession of a degree in journalism or  other degree substantially equivalent.

    --Not less than 3 years experience as a  reporter or any other relevant background information.

    --Awards or recognition related to being a  reporter.

    --Three or more writing samples.

    Reporters will also have to pay an  application and registration fee.

    That's crazy, but this is even crazier:
    Patterson, who also practices constitutional law, says that  the general public is being overwhelmed by an increasing number of media  outlets--traditional, online and citizen generated--and an even greater  amount misinformation.

    He practices constitutional law hey?  Um, hey Brucie, I'm just a seamstress, but I know damn well that Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.  Would you like a pocket Constitution, I have three extra from the Heritage Foundation.
    The senator said that he feels that there's no way to tell who's a  legitimate journalist and who's just rewriting other reporters'  reporting and twisting facts.

    "What's the definition of a reporter? I haven't been able to find out?  What's a reporter? What's a journalist?" Patterson said. "I thought you  had to have a degree in journalism but apparently not. I could retire  and be a journalist."

    Yes, see we are all stupid, and we can't think for ourselves, so Bruce wants us to be able to click on the reporters name and find out every thing about them so we can then make a judgement on whether they have sourced material. Do we do that on a national level?  Does Keith Olbermann sound like he came out of journalism school?

    (13 comments, 543 words in story) Full Story

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