Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Democrat Statist in favor of licensing journalists.

James Taranto writes:

Uh-oh, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, best known for likening American servicemen to Nazis, is looking to limit your First Amendment rights, if not ours. "Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech," he writes. So far so good. "But when it comes to freedom of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive."

Hmmm....if Sen. Durbin knew anything about history, he would have known that licensing journalist was done by the Nazis....for pretty much the same reason that Durbin wants to license journalists, i.e., to keep an eye on them and make sure that if they offend the State, they won't be journalists anymore.

Of course, Durbin's has a greater reason - he wants to deny First Amendment free press rights to anyone who isn't an officially licensed "journalist."

When did liberals become so afraid of free speech?

Seems like it was around late January of 2009.

3 comments:

John Kasaian said...

That whole 4th of July thing is kind lost on Durbin's ilk, ain't it?

Lauran said...

"we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive"

For starters, who's "we?"

Lauran said...

And which protected "modes of expression" are you referring to?

 
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