During his radio show on Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh said that Democrats could be heading in the direction of “licensing” journalists. He was reacting to comments made over the weekend by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who said that he supports a “media shield law”, but is not sure that it applies to bloggers or someone who tweets.
Durbin questioned how far a media shield law should go during his Fox News Sunday interview.
But here is the bottom line, the media shield law, which I am prepared to support, and I know Sen. Graham supports, still leaves an unanswered question, which I have raised many times. What is a journalist today in 2013? We know it’s someone that works for Fox or AP, but does it include a blogger? Does it include someone who is tweeting? Are these people journalists and entitled to constitutional protection? We need to ask 21st century questions about a provision that was written over 200 years ago.
“You see what they want to do, folks?” Limbaugh said of the Democrats. “That’s right, they want to set up licensing of journalists. That’s where the Democrats are headed on this. ‘You tweeters, you bloggers, you’re not journalists. We are going to determine who is a journalist and who isn’t. We are going to license journalists. I mean that Constitution’s 200-plus years old. It’s no longer relevant,’ is what he means.”
Limbaugh explained that it would be the government who would decide who’s a journalist and who isn’t, and they would be the one to grant licenses and approvals.
“And if you don’t get your license and you start doing journalism, you could be sent to jail, or you could be reprimanded,” Limbaugh continued. “I just want to be clear he didn’t say those words [about licensing for journalists], but where does it go?”
Listen to the entire clip via WND.
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