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  •  The first amendment protects "press" (0+ / 0-)

    it says nothing about "journalism."

    What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

    by happymisanthropy on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:05:23 AM PDT

    •  The First Amendment doesn't (1+ / 0-)
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      specifically protect newsgathering, either.
         Here's the real  deal: The mainstream media are asserting an immunity that they do not, under the law, possess.
         There is no reporter's shield law that protects what the AP and Rosen were doing, and there is at least one law under which they could be prosecuted for espionage.
          Therefore, there is no violation of the First Amendment by the administration.
          What there is is a political question: Should reporters be protected from surveillance and from contempt of court cases when they refuse to name their sources?
          The Congress has specifically refused to grant that immunity up to now, and the Obama administration has sabotaged the shield bill that has been considered in Congress.
         The details on the shield bill here:
         But it's important to realize that the DOJ's subpoenas of AP phone records was legal under existing law, as was the surveillance of Rosen.

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