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  •  What of Besty Devine? (2+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, James Kresnik

    She, to my knowledge was/is not employed in any function as a journalist or blogger. She is an author in her own right, but her background is an engineer.

    Yet she served the function of journalist in the PhoneGate case in NH, covering what many of the Boston and NH media deemed to be a non story, actually going to court, taking notes, speaking with people to get parts of the story she can then blog about.

    Since she's not compensated for being a journalist, it appears Feinstein and Durbin deem her not worthy of the same protections and guarantees as, oh .. let's use Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh.

    What a concept!

    Try to make it real, compared to what.

    by shpilk on Wed Dec 02, 2009 at 06:14:27 PM PST

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    •  I agree. It's a stupid distinction. (0+ / 0-)

      But many stupid laws are also constitutional.

      Show Dems in R-Leaning Districts Who Voted For Health Care, Against Stupak: We've Got Your Back

      by Adam B on Wed Dec 02, 2009 at 06:15:54 PM PST

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    •  that, my friend, is exactly the point. (2+ / 0-)
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      shpilk, James Kresnik

      If someone is earning an income from a publishing entity, this means that their boss can dictate what they may and may not write for that entity.

      Once you get money into the picture, the whole reptile-brain thing kicks in about people protecting their money rather than their rights.

      Journalistic activity that is not tied to money is not subject to any of that bullshit.  

      Nothing scares the powers that be worse than the idea that they can't put strings on people via money.  

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