Senator Dianne Feinstein Wants to Define Who Is A REAL Journalist Under “Shield Law”

feinstein-xtra-uglyIn the midst of attempting to pass the Journalist “Shield Law” to protect journalists and their sources, a debate ensued over who is a journalist and should be received protection under “Shield Law.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) only wanted to only extend the protection to “real reporters” and not, a 17-year-old with his own website.

“I can’t support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege,” Feinstein said. “I’m not going to go there.”

Clearly Senator Feinstein has just as much of a problem with the First Amendment, in which “Congress shall make no law….freedom of the press,” as she does with the Second Amendment. That’s why she isn’t “going there.”

Well, several people were up in arms about Feinstein’s comments. One of those was internet journalism pioneer Matt Drudge. He took to Twitter to defend bloggers and slam Senator Feinstein.

Remember, there was a time when Drudge was the enemy of the media, especially around the Bill Clinton era where he was known for breaking such stories as the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He even referenced how a federal judge attempted to define his work as non-journalism.

When one looks to Webster’s 1828, they will discover a journalist is simply “The writer of a journal or diary.” In other words, in the modern era, a blog is nothing more than a journal.

Is the federal government going to take measures to force bloggers, who have been key to exposing corruption in government over the past decade, to go to journalism school so that they can get their reports approved by the White House before publishing them? Seems to me that is exactly where this is all going. It is an attempt to quash Free Speech and Freedom of the Press, something that the Constitution does not give to the Federal Government.

They are not interested in dealing with the criminal activity of the NSA or the Executive Branch. They are interested in squeezing off the life of freedom of the American people to know the truth about what they government is doing and exposing the corruption that exists inside it.

Once again, Dianne Feinstein rears her head and shows us the ugly face of tyranny.

Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.

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15 Responses to Senator Dianne Feinstein Wants to Define Who Is A REAL Journalist Under “Shield Law”

  1. Btown says:

    Just like her attack on the 2A it seems to me all we do is sit on out asses and let people like these ruin a great nation. When will we take it back

  2. Rick L. says:

    This stupid old bitch needs to listen to her own rhetoric. That should be enough to push her over the the edge into total insanity. I really don’t think she has a clue where she is or what her agenda is. Someone point’s her in a direction and turns her loose. She’s more like a rabid animal with mixed up emotions mixed up with a false impressions of her younger looking face (she thinks) when she look’s in the morror and she think’s she is helping humanity with her new creepy face.
    Sorry Diane, your second childhood is long over due.

  3. eruditeman says:

    Vote this asshole out of office. Congress does not have any right to override 1st Amendment to US Constitution. The sooner she is voted out of office the better. Then we can only hope and pray that all the other assholes who think, like she does, that they are god will be voted out of office as well.

  4. Houston says:

    Diane Frankenfeinstein and Chucky boy Scheister next step with this piece of $#!+ legislation is a required federal license to be a journalist. You have the license you can file articles, if we don’t like what you say we revoke your license. If we like what you write or say you get to keep your license and are protected as long as you “toe the line”.

  5. Crusader says:

    The perfect definition of a nazi. Toe the line and we might let you live. Or speak. Or publish. We, the enlightened feudal class are the only ones awesome enough to decide who is a journalist. Our breathtaking brilliance and refined sensitivity allows us (and ONLY us) to determine who can enjoy the rights protected by the Constitution and who we are going to throw in the dungeons for even trying.

  6. Jason says:

    I don’t believe the Bill of Rights says anything about having to be a journalist to exercise your right to free speech and expression it is a blanket law that covers Every American citizen and Congress shall make No Law violating these rights…I don’t think it could get through the house let alone the US Supreme court

  7. Possum says:

    Lady, only a damned liar like yourself would qualify under what you want.
    Stuff it.

  8. The so called traditional mainstream media has long since degenerated to the level of yellow journalism focusing on indoctrination of the masses with the goal of manipulating public opinion for the left.
    Thankfully I do possess a degree in journalism, therefore I am qualified to report the facts as I see them, rather than take orders from a government shackled news director. The news media is not in the business of reporting both sides.
    We must all investigate the facts ourselves from conservative talk radio and blogs. We need to embrace our God given rights as articulated by our founding fathers before our tyrannical government abolishing them entirely.

  9. Mac says:

    The bitch should be in prison for crony socialism.

    How is it that her hubby gets a govt. contract to sell off public property (post office buildings) making him a multi-millionaire several time over and no one else even bid????


    They’re traitors to America and absolutely deserve DEATH.

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