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Unequal protection

Just when you thought it was safe to ignore Washington for the summer, more scandals and reports of government misconduct are circling. This time, the Justice Department has been caught having secretly subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press reporters. In investigating a leak over a story on North Korea’s nuclear program, the department searched the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen and subpoenaed phone records of his cell phone, his work, and even his parents home.

As a result, lawmakers have begun to discuss a federal media shield law. Of course, any media shield act adopted would have a national security exception, and thus would not have been applicable in these particular situations. But, assuming we are not discussing national security issues (like global warming?), then who gets special protection under a media shield law?

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked some rather impertinent questions, “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?”

Bloggers, tweeters, columnists and average citizens are not entitled to constitutional protections for journalists.

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One response to “Unequal protection”

  1. Wayne Cockfield Avatar
    Wayne Cockfield

    We use to have a media shield law. It was called the Constitution.

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