September 13, 2013
NO PRESS, NO PRIVILEGE:
Did the Senate just declare war on bloggers? (Harold Maass, 9/13/13, Washington Post)
The bill covers too many, not too few. Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2013 6:48 PMThe Senate Judiciary Committee is sending the full Senate a bill designed to shield journalists from being compelled to reveal their sources. One catch: First, the panel's members had to define who counts as a journalist.The committee, in a 13-5 vote, approved a proposal that would protect anyone who reports news for "an entity or service that disseminates news and information," a definition that covers freelancers and part-timers for traditional and online media, but excludes posts on Twitter, blogs, or social media from independent writers not employed by a media outlet.Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) insisted on limiting protection to "real reporters," according to the Los Angeles Times.