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I'VE HAD IT UP TO HERE: U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., says citizen journalists and bloggers should not be covered by a federal shield law.

I’VE HAD IT UP TO HERE: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says citizen journalists and bloggers should not be covered by a federal shield law.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

The most recent congressional threat to the free press in the United States comes from California Democrat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

In a proposed amendment to a media shield law being considered by Congress, Feinstein writes that only paid journalists should be given protections from prosecution for what they say or write.  The language in her proposal is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates because it seems to leave out bloggers and other nontraditional forms of journalism that have proliferated in recent years thanks to the Internet.

“It rubs me the wrong way that the government thinks it should be in the business of determining who should be considered a journalist,” said Ken Bunting, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition at the Missouri School of Journalism.

But on the other hand, Bunting said, there is a great need for federal shield law in light of recent attempts by the U.S. Justice Department to force journalists to give up information about confidential sources.

The difficulty with writing any such law — this is the third time Congress has attempted to craft a federal shield law — is that any such law would have to set standards for who counts as a journalist or what qualifies as an “act of journalism.”

There are shield laws on the books in 40 states, but they do not apply in federal court.  The First Amendment of the U.S Constitution promises that the right to a free press “shall not be infringed.”

The proposed federal shield law would protect journalists from having to comply with subpoenas or court orders forcing them to reveal sources and other confidential information.  The important question, of course, is how to determine that the shield law applies to one person and not another.

In other words, how do you determine someone is a journalist?

Feinstein, chairwoman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee (and a staunch defender of the government’s right to spy on anyone at any time), does not want to see a shield law that would protect employees of WikiLeaks and other leak-driven news organizations.

At a congressional hearing on the matter last week, Feinstein said shield laws should only apply to “real reporters.”

An amendment offered by Feinstein would extend shield-law protections to those who work as a “salaried employee, independent contractor, or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information,” though students working for news outlets would similarly be covered.  The definition seems to leave out the new tide of bloggers and citizen journalists who thrive on the Internet.

Calls and emails to Feinstein’s office were not returned on Monday.

In states with shield laws, the difference between being protected by them or not can be great.

Take the case of Crystal Cox, for example.  A self-described “investigative blogger” from Seattle, Cox broke a story about financial malpractice at a major investment bank, prompting a lawsuit for defamation.

Cox argued in court that she should be covered by Oregon’s shield laws, but a judge found she was not protected because she was not part of the traditional media.

As a result, she was ordered to pay $2.5 million to the investment firm.

The laws in many states are lagging behind the reality of journalism today, where anyone with a camera, smart phone or a computer can break an important story.

“The distinction between who gets paid to do journalism and who doesn’t is going to be come essentially meaningless as we go forward with this technological revolution,” said Kelly McBride, a senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school based in St. Petersburg, Fla.

McBride, the recent author of a book on journalism ethics in the Internet age, said shield laws are meant to ensure a vibrant marketplace of ideas where all voices can be heard.

“To the extent that you limit the shield law, you limit who is in that marketplace,” she said.

Feinstein is not the only member of Congress seeking to limit the definition of journalists.  Last week, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sent letters to a number of organizations – including the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, which runs Watchdog.org – seeking information about the legitimacy of nonprofit investigative reporters.

A spokesman for Durbin later told Watchdog.org the senator was not targeting any specific individual or group.

Boehm is a reporter for Watchdog.org and can be reached at Eric@PAIndependent.com.  Follow him on Twitter @EricBoehm87

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Eric is a reporter for Watchdog.org and former bureau chief for Pennsylvania Independent. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys great weather and low taxes while writing about state governments, pensions, labor issues and economic/civil liberty. Previously, he worked for more than three years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, covering Pennsylvania state politics and occasionally sneaking across the border to Delaware to buy six-packs of beer. He has also lived (in order of desirability) in Brussels, Belgium, Pennsburg, Pa., Fairfield, Conn., and Rochester, N.Y. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and elsewhere. He received a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University in 2009, but he refuses to hang on his wall until his student loans are fully paid off sometime in the mid-2020s. When he steps away from the computer, he enjoys drinking craft beers in classy bars, cheering for an eclectic mix of favorite sports teams (mostly based in Philadelphia) and traveling to new places.

  • The_Questman

    When will The People realize the Marxists in our Govt want control without the constraints of our Constitution? Obama & Holder have and continue to go around the laws of the land every chance they get. We are in a Communist Takeover but the masses and the media are too Obama Drunk to realize it.

  • lillymckim

    Good God this is rich.

  • HolyCowRUKiddingme

    How about limiting Congress to those with an IQ over 25 – instead of letting idiots like Diane and Dicky in? – (Boy that was close – I almost said Dicky in Diane)
    That’s funny – I don’t care who you are!

  • MissTrixieB

    Then it is far past time to limit who can be in the Senate. I think 80+ year old Dems should be the first to go.

  • Chunkdog1

    If this were 200 years ago, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine, would not have been considered ” real” journalists, by Feinstein’s idiotic reasoning.

    And considering The Federalist Papers was basically James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and others, “blogging” about the process of building a country, they also would not be considered true reporters..

  • thedogrules

    The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. — James Madison
    Mr. Madison probably would not have been a journalist, he would have been considered enemy of the state and put in shackles when writing the Constitution.

  • David William Reid

    Its time these traitors to our country are run out of of the country!

  • David William Reid

    Do you know what this will be? Sorry yo
    u are not a journalist, you are not on the pay roll. Since 99% of new medias are liberal owned. They will make sure any other media is not acceptable or heard from! Thus infringing on our rights!

  • disqus_GkUd7CzrUS

    Thinks all these liberal left wingers need to get voted out in the next series of elections. Question is.. are Americans to stupid to vote them out since they keep voting them back in? when will enough be enough for the voters? time to put some sanity back into Washington and into our state governments.

  • Martha Washington

    Attention Feinstein:
    1st Amendment is VERY SPECIFIC our RIGHT 2 FREE SPEECH “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”

    Fire her already she represents LOBBYIST who give the big GIFTS,she does NOT REPRESENT the Former FREE CITIZENS of the United States Of America-

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.gunn.58 Dennis Gunn

    Have we had it up to here with Feinstein yet?

  • Sick and tired

    I’ve been waiting for years for someone of substance to challenge her in a primary, but she’s got so much money behind her, it’s never happened.

  • Sick and tired

    Clueless. If she were actually a Marxist, she wouldn’t believe half the things she does. Marx was a journalist most of his life… he was a proponent of free speech. “Marx railed against state censorship of the press by the Prussian authorities. In 1842, when he was 24 years of age, he wrote a series of articles for Rheinische Zeitung, a radical newspaper that was later squished by censorious Prussian rulers, in which he passionately argued for full press freedom.” – Brendan O’Neil, Telegraph.

    Feinstein is more like a Republican in Democrat clothing.

  • ricsands

    The problem with this foolishness is who will control the purse strings if only paid journalists are protected. Oh yeah my posts are up for bid, then I can say I’m getting paid- 1 cent is plenty.

  • Spencer

    “There are shield laws on the books in 40 states, but they do not apply in federal court. The First Amendment of the U.S Constitution promises that the right to a free press “shall not be infringed.””

    looks like this journalist needs to look up the text of the first amendment because it definitely doesn’t say “shall not be infringed” anywhere in there. That would be the second amendment.

  • Fred Mrozek

    Destroying the fairness doctrine wasn’t enough. All media in the hands of five pro-zionist sources isn’t either. they won’t stop until every whimper of dissent is silenced. We are passing Russia heading in opposite directions.

  • Will Smith

    She’d make a really good communist in some other country.

  • Diane Sroka Benjamin

    Did you notice who got re-elected last November? Yes the people are stupid enough! Free stuff will get their vote every time.

  • public_servant_watch

    “Real” journalist apparently only MSM that will aid and abet the treasonous acts against this country and carry “As the Tales Turn” to pound lies until the lies are accepted as truth!!

  • Jeffery

    Not to aid the red baiting mouth breather “The_Questman”, but Feinstein is closer to a fake “Marxist” totalitarian like Joseph Stalin than a Republican. She’s the kind of ruling-class elitist that gives the broader decent Left a bad name. Screw her in the ass.

  • John

    Maybe there should be severe penalties for all of Congress and Senate people who take an oath to uphold the Constitution when taking office and then trash it,like Feinstein

  • Beverly Levitt

    Why do you even tag her a Democrat? She’s a communist all the way through her bones. We need to do away with this 2 party system, it has been the most destructive part to our Republic and allows corruption to run rampant. Time to sweep out the house of these cronies.

  • Kathy Barger McCracken

    If it would get rid of 99% of msnbc’s journalists, then I almost would agree

  • Steve Ashcraft

    Durbin is the same bottom-feeding nanny-state progresso-socialist asshat that Feinstein always has been. Liberals and lefties preach freedom and inclusiveness while working tirelessly to oppress, enslave and rule over all others they consider “beneath” them. It is the Statist/Socialist dream. Editor tftr.us

  • Time4ChangeNews

    Problem is the other option…Right wingers are too far in the other direction. In my opinion we need a whole new breed of Independent Politicians that are not bought out by the extremely wealthy. We need real people who actually care about what is in the best interest of the people—all people!

  • Sulli159

    “Feinstein wants to limit who can be a journalist”
    So do I

  • jdat747

    they act like they are doing something to “protect” journalists. Their law is like a snake in the grass that tempt one to eat the apple and that’s when they strike. The only law that matters is simple: “no law shall be made…”

  • Sulli159

    I’m sure that job description would have to be someone who could detect that thrill coming up a journalist’s leg when obama walks in the door.
    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Hey+Big+Spender+Peggy+Lee&view=detail&mid=517B434C13878CA38C07517B434C13878CA38C07&first=0&FORM=NVPFVR

  • jdat747

    Exactly, I think that lady that got sued should appeal with the argument that she is in fact a paid free lance journalist … she probably makes more than most employee type journalists.

    Although, if she is “breaking” stories, she should be operating under the umbrella of her own LLC … I don’t know much of the story, but even though my blog only makes $5/mo. … I have an LLC.

  • Kieran Jarvis

    As well as Fox News….even Rupert Murdoch wants a ban on assault weapons. Both sides are driving a wedge between the citizens of this country. Divide and conquer as they line their pockets. Look deeper. We are all pawns in their game. The more we bicker and call each other names the more they can do without us noticing.

  • Greenie Green

    Feinstein has had it up to her chin level? Well, We The People are drowning in it out here. We must all use our computers and camera phones and videos constantly to make viral the wrongs of this world.

  • kdcarr

    I want to limit who can be a “Senator” by requiring psychological and competency exams.

  • dochunter

    So she wants to limit Free Speech. She and Dicky are both lunatics

  • dochunter

    And I live in Durbin’s sorry state,.

  • bkphysics

    I don’t know what makes me more upset. Feinstein continuing on with one of her idiotic ideas, or the fact that Congress needs to create a media shield law? I mean, Feinstein I get, she has been trying to do stupid stuff from the get go, and this is yet another one of her gems. Congress though, and really the Gov’t should never have to enact a law to protect a Constitutional amendment? The only reason they are considering it is to appease the public who has had their eyes open to their spying and controlling methods. Crazy times and the longer the People continue to be lazy and not get politically active, the less likely we will have much hope of maintaining what freedoms we now have.

  • Brysail

    I think to be a REAL congress person you should have to have common sense! enough said!

  • Mary Sue

    We can’t vote her out to many stupid people live in CA.

  • Eric Ziegler

    I think its time for term limits for Congressman and Senators! 12 years and go back to private life.

  • OEFcrusader

    How about limiting to Congressional positions to folks without Dementia, Wonder where her black uniform with the red Armband is??

  • OEFcrusader

    Off with their heads!

  • OEFcrusader

    She would make a better Lamp!

  • BenBachrach

    Finestein forgot about Interns who work for free for news outlets. Probably because she is against Interns working for less than the minimum wage, So her bill would be a way to force newspapers, etc to pay interns.

  • duckypwns

    These old senile politicians like Feinstein don’t seem to understand that censorship simply will not work anymore, thanks to the internet. Any attempts to do so will only been seen as a futile (yet still offensive) attempt to impose upon our first amendment rights.

    Also, with the advancement of 3D printing, I’m sure the government will soon try to regulate and tax the internet, or otherwise make it less accessible, or make it so that we have to go through them in order to access the internet. I cannot wait for that day – Because that is the day humanity will have to either grow up or die out.

  • Marc Richardson

    Laws like this are specifically designed to facilitate the creation of tyrannous and despotic governments and should be rejected immediately.

  • BadMan84

    Seriously why does this woman think anything she says makes sense?

  • BadMan84

    MSNBC, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, they’re all working for the same type of people. They just act like they’re “left” and “right” to distract you from the truth.

  • Greg Burton

    Oh! I get it! Feinstein only wants certain types of people to be journalist, guaranteeing that we might get information, news that is contrary to the propaganda we’ve been getting, since at least the JFK assassination.
    http://www.rense.com/general60/stun.htm

  • MichaelLust

    The right to a free press shall not be infringed. Deciding who can contribute to that press would necessarily infringe upon its freedom. Feinstein has become an apologist for authoritarian government, and the National Security State. Time to retire her.

  • KayCeeShip

    duckypwns: “These old senile politicians like Feinstein don’t seem to understand that censorship simply will not work anymore, thanks to the internet.” Actually, censorship will work just fine if we roll over and allow politicians to strip us of our Constitutional protections.The Feds have been on the rampage in the last few years, doing everything they can to bottle up the internet.

    The prosecution of Aaron Swartz, Jeremy Hammonds, Deric Lostutter (the hacker who leaked the Steubenville rape videos) shows just how serious the government is about going after people who advocate for a free and open internet. They are not kidding.

    Aaron is dead. Jeremy, and his brother Jason are in prison. Deric Lostutter is facing ten years in federal prison.

    As a nation, we have to get over partisan politics and protect our freedoms….or Diane Feinstein will do it for us. Yuck.

  • http://rafaelmarquez.me/ Rafael Marquez

    Cox was running an extortion scheme, that’s why she was disqualified as a journalist. A cursory search would have told you all about her shenanigans. Here is one of many articles about her: http://saltydroid.info/crystal-cox-is-not-a-blogger/

  • Michael Gavagan

    You need to be bright to be a lamp

  • De Neice Kenehan

    No, DIFi. The government should not be in the business of “licensing,” approving, which writers are “real” journalists. And which are not officially approved for shield law protection. Her suggestion is way too close to Pravda for this former “real” newspaper journalist and lawyer.

  • Kathleen Koblensky

    Diane Feinstein/Durbin have lost their minds….they need to be incarcerated for our protection

  • James

    That’s what most in the Libertarian party are shooting for. They get covered up by the crazies and hidden by the media. Most libertarians I know are for small government, and that includes gay marriage and pro- choice. Most on the right now days say their for small government but then ask the government to get involved in gay marriage and Pro0life issues, it makes no sense to me.

  • MarxMarvelous

    The want only people that draw a salary from their transnational corporations to be able to ”instruct” people on what to believe, and what is ”news”. The internet is allowing people to do research amongst themselves, which is bringing millions to the realization that most of what is broadcasted is falsehoods and deliberate lies. The elites are losing control of the narrative, and this terrifies them, because they hate the truth like they hate nothing else. My guess is that eventually they’ll stage a false flag and blame the internet, then the government will tell us who to hate next

  • Lisa Bean

    Since the definition of a journalist stems from the work they create, you cannot define a journalist until they have in fact become one. By limiting the arenas in which you allow people to spread news, you then in fact limit the free press, which is pretty unconstitutional. SHAME ON YOU Senator!

  • cookielee

    Hey Dianne, its the first amendment to the Constitution the one you took a oath to uphold and defend. Witch.

  • John

    Maybe that’s just what she needs; a good screwing. Maybe she’ll release this tension

  • Alizya Keating

    She’s wrong. The government is not supposed to be in the business of determining who is and who is not a journalist. That’s not their purpose.

  • Alizya Keating

    wut, you think the rethugs are any different? They are exactly the same. Exactly. Watch them manipulate you with their different language that says exactly the same damn thing.

  • Alizya Keating

    Offending women by that sort of suggestion is not a good marketing move, my friend.

  • ladyblogger

    oh no suck it up mr. democrat, she is most definitely a “Democrat” NOT a republican!

  • A. Edelstein

    Haha, what are you going to do, Goyim? We seized your country, now pay the price. In ten years you’ll be singing a communist anthem, just as we did to the Russians. Learn about communism and learn how it benefits everyone.

  • Shawn Fifield

    Yet another freedom that the freaking government wants to infringe! I bet this woman did not go to school to learn how to be a crappy politician, citizen reporters shouldn’t have to do that either.

  • Tony Meeker

    Fuck Feinstein, nazi bitch.

  • corey2444

    You’re a damn fool. She and many others who have been destroying this country for decades don’t come out and tell you who they are! They tell you what you want to hear, but their actions speak differently. This is a perfect example of Communism, how she wants to control the media.

  • Bruce Musto

    Senator Feinstein, you may want to check out a couple of documents called the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They guarantee Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. They are not to be used for wiping your ass as most dems seem to think nowadays.

  • Joseph Lanzendorfer

    We don’t need a “shield law.” We already have a shield law, and it’s called the First Amendment. The “Justice” Department should be enforcing it. If we have to pass laws to protect the First Amendment from departments that are sworn to uphold the Constitution and its amendments, we have a serious problem.

  • JenWest

    BITCH GOTTA GO!
    Can’t we just put Grandma in a fucking home already?
    Most of us knew she went bat-shit crazy years ago, but I think even the libs will agree the old birds gone senile at this point.

  • JenWest

    If this was 200 years ago a mob would have done hung the bitch for treason.

  • JenWest

    You mean like America? I mean the NEW America (similar to “New Coke”, IE: that thing no one liked and was totally erased from history).

  • Chunkdog1

    Haha… true.

  • gnocchi

    Just as soon as I can limit who can be a senator.

  • Nifty_Pete

    It would seem to me that if a blogger printed the full contents on actual paper and charged for these pages, then it would be fully protected unless the constitution is amended.

  • scanner80@gmail.com

    Absolutely correct.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.farquharson.7 Sean Farquharson

    that would be a tragedy. I think she’d be less of a witch if she actually got laid.

  • renee fulghum

    No one can be that hard up.

  • Brandon Wagner

    Why does this not surprise me? Why do people CONTINUE TO VOTE FOR THIS NUTBAG?

  • normajeana

    The government is not allowed to hire (or elected to public office) anyone whose IQ exceeds the speed limit in a school zone when children are present… a recent court decision on law enforcement officers is a prime example of that requirement. The court said that cities could bar any potential police officer whose IQ was above average… and in fact, the ‘average IQ’ for police officers is 104… smart cops are too dangerous to the establishment and question the laws they are expected to enforce…

  • frankfrotage

    Regardless if Cox was a bona fide reporter or a blogger, if what she wrote was defamitory, she should be libel

  • Luigi Carputo

    unfortunately our freedom of speech and press has already been infringed upon when major media has been controlled to broadcast things that are in accordance with “their” agenda. if you’re informed you know already who “they” are

  • Luigi Carputo

    “’VE HAD IT UP TO HERE: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says citizen journalists and bloggers should not be covered by a federal shield law.”
    If you dont agree with our country go live in another country dont try to change our rights endless generations of people have bled and died to establish and protect

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1686101758 Pam Pinson Bates

    She is a hag! She is too old to be making decisions for the future because her old ass will be dead. They should put an age limit on the dinosaurs making decisions on our future.

  • Sean

    Actually only the Second Amendment, which DF is so clearly a fan of, specifically states “Shall not be infringed” yet it has been the one most repeatedly infringed. The text of the First reads verbatim:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    “No law … abridging the freedom … of the press.” The press being more applicable. In essence shall not be infringed.

  • Sean

    It states “No law abridging …” which essentially means the same thing. But it’s funny that they now understand Shall not be infringed when it’s their hobby/livelihood.

  • George

    Further proof that Liberalism is a mental illness.

  • redastcyr

    I agree with her Some of these people do not need to be protected She is right on message!

  • scriptfoo

    there have been bloggers who have stalked targets, acted unethically, said misleading accusations or falsehoods, all without need for retractions or apologies. members of congress will want to continue to be the only ones who can get away with that nonsense

  • Cheggers

    IVE HAD IT UP TO MY NOSE

  • John Vaughn Lopes

    fuck this ho she is a gun grabing bitch eat a dick and carry conceld

  • Phil McMorrow

    Right after defining who a journalist is by the presence of a paycheck, there will be regulations and proposals for licensing journalists. These Nazis never run out of terrible ideas.

  • Phil McMorrow

    Maybe she will catch a virus and the death panel will refuse to pay for her treratment.

  • Pete

    Congress is writing a law to protect journalist. Right, that will work, only the courts can put an end to this problem. Congress will hog tie the press at every chance they get.

  • Democracy Forever

    The rich people who run this country, like Ms. Feinstein, like things just fine the way they are, thank you very much. This is Their way of protecting Their interests. Free speech scares Them to death.

  • Tommy Harlan

    Man, FUCK these people that care about this story. Write this bitch about her Anti-gun control efforts. She’s all about busting the National Constitution. ALL of i it,,,

  • http://sharethisurlaboutglennbeck.com/ Gadamer too

    Ms. Feinstein, is trending toward fascism.

  • http://sharethisurlaboutglennbeck.com/ Gadamer too

    Most people want background checks, and a narrow majority want weapons of war off the streets. You precious other guns are safe (even if everyone around you isn’t).

  • Dum Dum Dog

    What if you are paying your self ?

    Money is speech… SOOOOOOO A rich man can PAY a man to be a reporter but a poor man can not be a reporter as he is not owned by a rich man and has no rights to be a journalist as he is not being paid by a rich man …. MONEY IS NOT SPEECH !!!! SPEECH IS SPEECH not money ….

  • profitleads

    Official recognition of registered journalists as approved and regulated agents of the state (the government, not some state of the union). As with TV broadcast licenses, this will further serve to control what is reported and by whom. The foot of tyranny now rests firmly upon the neck of the 1st amendment.

  • YesMan6

    Some sentences do, not require commas.

  • Wesley Lewis

    I don’t think they are idiots, they know exactly what they are saying and what it means.

  • Sparticus

    And what exactly is the difference between a left-wing totalitarian like Stalin, and a right-wing totalitarian like Pinochet?

  • Fred hgggg

    indeed. We all have equal speech. If someone has more money than me, they have MORE speech than me. instantly making my voice less important.

    This destroys the already broken system

  • Fred hgggg

    there already are background checks you twat. you cant go to a any gun shop in the country and buy a gun without a background check.

    You need to catch up on your Feinstein: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCRKv-szJlo

  • Tasine

    The socialists in Congress want to control who IS a “journalist”. They simply cannot bring themselves to comprehend our very simple, very explicit Bill of Rights. If, however, they continue this assault, I believe we should limit Congress to those who can comprehend liberty, who can comprehend NOT controlling everyone and everything – IOW, limit Congress to conservatives who can be relied upon to vote conservative and to stick with the US Constitution. It’s way past time to kick the socialists out of our government, assuming it is still OUR government.

  • dude

    Only those who will say nice things about Israel, gun control, and NSA spying will be allowed to become a journalist.

  • Neil

    This is such slanted, biased bullshit. Fuck you Repugs.

  • Jeremy

    the real news comes from the internet. the bullshit we get from cable news is corrupted by money and politics. i guess the Dems are sick of people getting informed.

  • Neil

    You are a pig.

  • GrandmaBean

    It is a never ending battle to continue to enjoy our freedom of speech with this administration. If they would not try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes there would be no need for those that care what direction this country is going in to be constantly speaking out to protect our rights.

  • William P. Cushing

    The funny thing about political restrictions as stupid and self-serving as this suggestion is how easily so many of them are avoided. The solution here (should Congress ever feel squirrely enough to pass such a restriction) is for every blogger to simply charge a five-cent lifetime fee to log on; there you go.

  • Cornwhisker

    You’re right. They’re pandering, power-grubbing scumbags.

  • Joe

    Actually, one doesn’t have to be a Marxist to be the skewed and twisted form of communist that you’re reaching out for.

    Sick and tired simply argues that Karl Marx, the man who determined that to form a Utopia, communism would need to take place in its most perfect form (which many would tell you is a Marxist utopia). In short, communist =/= Marxist.

  • http://www.realdealpolitics.net/ lance bell

    Let me get this strait: “Journalist must be paid to be real?” I have big time issues with that.

    As a online blogger and show host, I do not get paid at all, therefore I am fake?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVoTSjp526k&feature=share&list=PLoRT1fstUVobVNK4NmajpyzVfalQz_22u

    Lets get real, I bust my hump NOT being apart of the Mainstream Media, and here is the perfect example why.

  • Brice Pasch

    Not much at all, just how they go about getting the area they are in to a totalitarian state.

  • liberty

    Farthest from the truth! She’s all yours! 100% Democrat! In all form and colors she is a Democrat! That’s why she has to go!

  • John Pacheco

    The fed shield was originally made to protect “their” crony fake ass journalists , but they hadn’t counted on average ppl using it. So now in order to stop them, they need to define what they “deem” a journalist to be.

  • liberty

    Agreed! Now her own party is throwing her as Republican? Don’t think so. She’s 100% what you Democrats are all about! Feinstein and the Democrats are exactly why this country is being ruined! Oh and don’t worry, we know Bush screwed up. At least we have the balls to stand up even when our own party screws up. You guys (dems) don’t!

  • Rich

    While this ticks me off it is no surprise. It is another stupid liberal attempt to thwart free speech. I think America may be waking up out of its liberal-induced stupor.

  • Barely Political

    It has to do with the government forcing “journalists” to give up information. If our government just stopped forcing people to rat each other out about stupid things (usually drug related) then we wouldn’t have this problem in the first place.

  • WhamBamThankYouObama

    Senator != The Administration

  • paul in CA

    Representatives is what we need NOT politicians

  • engines

    How can this Jewish lady be so much like a Nazi?

  • paul in CA

    We have allowed lawyer/politicians not only to define us but even the interpretations of words. Our silence has created this mess. Left & right are to blame. Individual Representatives is all we need.

  • Donald Higdon

    This is a back-door attack on free speech.

  • paul707

    She is a Zionist very different from a Jew.
    The Iranians do not use Jew but Zionist.
    Check out Walid Shoebat.

  • dumbassdemocrats

    Ironically this bitches husband got the contract in CA to build the high speed train that goes no where…

  • Rakce

    Lady, turn that hand around. “You’re fired”

  • Judy Ausley

    What has happened to Feinstein, maybe she is suffering from a mid-life crisis along with Pelosi and others her age.. I have been a journalist for 40 years North Carolina, I have had an incredible life in journalism. This is happening everywhere, NC now “sucks’” because of control of the State House in Raleigh. They have literally ruined North Carolina, voting rights and abortion, they closed all of the abortion clinics, it is totally shameful, in some ways it is back to the years of the late Jesse Helms in North Carolina.

  • Herculano

    “Real reporters” — does she mean the ones that
    daily torture the sensibilities of literate and intelligent people
    everywhere? The ones trained in journalism schools that can’t spell,
    that can’t parse an intelligent sentence and generally lack grammar
    skills, a nuanced vocabulary, and any real knowledge of history,
    politics, culture and world affairs? That can’t do proper research, or
    won’t because they are rushed by deadlines or are just too damned lazy?

    Writers for electronic, print media and online news agencies who
    increasingly display most or all of the journalistic failings just
    mentioned, but who know how to tailor their reporting to the needs of
    editors, government agencies, corporate sponsors and other big business
    interests, to the current orthodoxies of domestic, foreign, and social
    policy, to what their bosses perceive as the nation’s military and
    national security interests, and to the transient prejudices, whims and
    obsessions of public opinion?

    TV news anchors who know how to
    smile for a camera, how to maintain an appropriately coiffed and attired
    media presence, and how to read with the skill of an eighth-grader from
    a teleprompter?

    Lauren Green, former Miss Minnesota and Fox
    News “religion correspondent”, who has a BA in music and graduated from
    Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, whose expertise in theology
    apparently derives from going to church and attending Bible Study, who
    embarrassed herself, her network (well, not actually — that’s rather
    impossible), and Americans in general with her ignorant and clueless
    badgering of professor, religion scholar and author Reza Aslan: is she a
    real reporter?

    And how much, exactly, do these real reporters
    need to be paid to qualify? And who qualifies to be their paymasters?
    And at what point does the transaction mutate from getting paid to
    getting paid off?

    Dianne Feinstein needs to sit her monkey behind down.

  • http://rexcrouch.com/ Rex Crouch

    More RESTRICTIONS, more BANS, more OPPRESSION. Do the Liberal Democrats bring us anything good?

  • http://rexcrouch.com/ Rex Crouch

    She’s 80 years old and brain dead, don’t think we have to deal with it much longer.

  • sarah_moon60

    So a free press is one that is vetted and approved by the people it wants to investigate. Something really wrong with that view.

  • SundownLF

    Having been a constituent of hers for many years, I have had far more disagreements with her Republican (yes, Republican!) ideals than agreements. Her husband is one of the richest men in California and she throws around his Republican money at every opportunity. She is NOT a Democrat, per se, and definitely has to go!

  • Allen

    I’m with you! And is she wearing wig?

  • https://twitter.com/BoldFreshJew BoldFreshJew

    Here’s a little ditty about Dick and Dianne. Two American totalitarians, out to control the land.

  • Mike Qtips

    Now hold it a second. I’m a citizen journalist myself, just so you know whose side I’m on, but the least bit of research reveals (via several New York Times articles) that Crystal Cox was in no way a journalist, just a wingnut and extortionist who called herself one. The judge in that case was very specific that some bloggers are journalists, just that she wasn’t.

  • American Patriot Party

    The Founders of Freedom said it clearly in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions 1798:

    In Full: http://www.americanpatriotparty.cc/candidates

    James Madison – Virginia Resolution:

    “…That the General Assembly doth particularly protest against the
    palpable and alarming infractions of the Constitution, in the two late
    cases of the “Alien and Sedition Acts” passed at the last session of
    Congress; the first of which exercises a power “NO WHERE DELEGATED” to
    the federal government, and which by uniting legislative and judicial
    powers to those of executive, SUBVERTS THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES of free
    government; as well as the particular organization, and positive
    provisions of the federal constitution; and the other of which acts,
    exercises in like manner, a power NOT delegated by the constitution, but
    on the contrary, expressly and positively forbidden by one of the
    amendments thereto; a power, which more than any other, ought to produce
    universal alarm, because it is leveled against that right of freely
    examining public characters and measures, and of FREE COMMUNICATION
    AMONG THE PEOPLE THEREON, which has ever been justly deemed, the ONLY effectual GUARDIAN of EVERY OTHER RIGHT

    That this state having by its Convention, which ratified the federal
    Constitution, expressly declared, that among other essential rights,
    “the Liberty of Conscience and of the Press CANNOT be cancelled,
    abridged, restrained, or modified by “ANY” authority of the “United
    States”,” and from its extreme anxiety to guard these rights from EVERY
    possible attack of “SOPHISTRY OR AMBITION”, having with other states,
    recommended an amendment for that purpose, which amendment was, in due
    time, annexed to the Constitution;

    it would mark a reproachable inconsistency, and “CRIMINAL
    DEGENERACY”, if an indifference were now shewn, to the most palpable
    violation of one of the Rights, thus declared and secured; and to the
    establishment of a precedent which may be fatal to the other.

    That the good people of this commonwealth, having ever felt, and
    continuing to feel, the most sincere affection for their brethren of the
    other states; the truest anxiety for establishing and perpetuating the
    union of all; and the most scrupulous fidelity to that constitution,
    which is the pledge of mutual friendship, and the instrument of mutual
    happiness; the General Assembly doth solemnly appeal to the like
    dispositions of the other states, in confidence that they will concur
    with this commonwealth in declaring, as it does hereby declare, that the
    acts aforesaid, are unconstitutional; and that the necessary and proper
    measures will be taken by each, for co-operating with this state, in
    maintaining the Authorities, Rights, and Liberties, referred to the
    States respectively, or to the people. …”

    Thomas Jefferson – Kentucky Resolution: “…3. Resolved, That it is
    true as a general principle, and is also expressly declared by one of
    the amendments to the Constitutions, that “the powers not delegated to
    the United States by the Constitution, our prohibited by it to the
    States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”;

    and that “NO POWER” over the freedom of religion, FREEDOM OF SPEECH,
    or freedom of the press being delegated to the United States by the
    Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, all lawful powers
    respecting the same did of right remain, and were reserved to the States
    or the PEOPLE: that thus was manifested their determination to retain
    to themselves the right of judging how far the licentiousness of speech
    and of the press may be abridged without lessening their useful freedom,
    and how far those abuses which cannot be separated from their use
    should be tolerated, rather than the use be destroyed. And thus also
    they guarded against ALL abridgment by the United States of the freedom
    of religious opinions and exercises, and retained to themselves the
    right of protecting the same, as this State, by a law passed on the
    general demand of its citizens, had already protected them from
    >>>”ALL” human restraint or interference.

    And that in addition to this general principle and express
    declaration, another and more special provision has been made by one of
    the amendments to the Constitution, which expressly declares, that
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
    prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of
    speech or of the press”: thereby guarding in the same sentence, and
    under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the
    press: insomuch, that whatever violated either, throws down the
    sanctuary which covers the others, arid that libels, falsehood, and
    defamation, equally with heresy and false religion, are “WITHHELD from
    the cognizance of federal tribunals”.

    That, therefore, the act of Congress of the United States, passed on
    the 14th day of July, 1798, intituled “An Act in addition to the act
    intituled An Act for the punishment of certain crimes against the United
    States,” which does abridge the freedom of the press, is “NOT LAW”, but
    is “ALTOGETHER” “VOID”, and of “NO FORCE”. ”

    If acting against the freedom of speech and against examining openly
    the character of our representatives is declared by our Founders as a
    “Criminal Degeneracy”;

    It is the judges and those that that condemn Manning that should be placed in shackles and behind bars

    (along with those that attempt to apprehend Snowden – See Link Hands Off Snowden: http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?acti… ).

    Richard Taylor
    Chair
    American Patriot Party.CC
    http://www.americanpatriotparty.cc

    On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Patriot-Party-CC-National-Headquarters/174074706883

    Educate Yourself. Educate Others.

  • paul beyer

    If we don’t replace the idiots in DC with true Constitutional men and women, this article is a description of our future. They will strip every freedom we have away.
    Classic socialist agenda, take the right to bare arms. It was the intent of our forefathers to state we have the right to bare arms to defend ourselves from foreign and domestic enemies and that meant in our government also. silence us from speaking out against the tyrannical government, much like what we have or is taking shape. Then to jail or restrict the movement of people of opposition to their socialist views and actions. We have seen it happen all over the globe, we have fought it in the past all over the globe. Now we are the target of the internal fight to save a nation.

  • Omramzey

    What part of “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech; or of the press” does this so-called “Democrat” not understand? Can’t control independent journalists, so you violate the Constitution to do this crap? California, do us all a favor and vote in a real Democrat.

  • GHCaliLaLa

    Who wrote this article? DF is a SENATOR not CONGRESSWOMAN! and WHY is DF speaking at all???? She’s just gets re-elected in California (my state). I had no idea she even talks…

  • GHCaliLaLa

    Is this a teaparty blog??? OMG!!! Because that article is ^^^^^ is NOT believable and I am sure if fact checked would NOT pan out! I smell TEAPARTY! DF would not say… laws should only apply to “real journalists” GET REAL!

  • world watcher

    you shouldn’t defame nazi’s with scum like feinstein…. Nazi’s respected their own laws!

  • nignogger

    The jewess Feinstien should adhere the THE FiRST ADMENDMENT and not worry about critics of her tryanical behavior which is typical of Jews and her Bolsheviks friends. Kudos to the white designers of the bill of rights. This jewess and her bolshevik Jews want to get rid of these rights and impose tyranny on the people like they did with russia after the revolution of 1917. Be advised, this jewess is the leader, with schumer, another Jew, in gun confiscation. Go figure. Beware!

  • thatguy7

    stoooopid! Career politicians. I guess they run out of ideas and start blindly trying to “fix” whatever they want.

  • The_Questman

    Pravda is the perfect example for what Senator Feinstein wants and what Marx called for. Pravda extolled the Soviet party line just like our media here does today for Obama and the Marxists in Govt. Anyone not towing the party line in the USSR was sent to prison or just “accidentally” killed. Punishment for not towing the line is what this Senator wants. We have already seen Leftist/Marxist in academia and in Govt advocating the arrest and in some cases killing of people who don’t agree with everything concerning Climate Change. I say Climate Change because Global Warming has been debunked. We have seen the Attorney General target news journalists for scrutiny who are not promoting the Obama administration. Thus the push to squash the 1st Amendment for those the Govt does not deem worthy of being a reporter of “THEIR” truth.

  • http://Allness.be/ Monte Letourneau

    Such a well paid staunch defender of corporatocracy and over-reach cannot be expected to understand the lack of real distinction between citizen and press.

  • palmspringsdiva

    HUH? these people are getting crazier and crazier; is it the water in DC?

  • Yale Cohn

    We’d be a lot better off legislating who can be a legislator, saving us from the likes of Ms. Feinstein, but legislators traditionally eschew imposing the kind of asinine oversight on themselves they love to impose on the rest of us, so I’m not going to hold my breath.

  • RudyTwoShoes

    And I have had it up to here with the shitbags that can buy their way into Congress.

  • Suzanne Pajot

    Feinstein is embarrassing California and the the nation. How wrong is possible for a so-called “HONEST” lawmaker to be? Feinstein must go. Let’s get someone in there who will represent us and not the special interests that are ruining this country.

  • Suzanne Pajot

    Watch your mouth, pal. I don’t like Feinstein, but it never occurred to me that she might be Jewish, and what if she is? What does that have to do with anything? — anything! Surely you can disagree with her without resorting to racism.

  • Suzanne Pajot

    Although I disagree with her on this issue, I presume that Senator Diane Feinstein is a citizen of this country, and as such she has as much right to live in this country, and to speak her mind, as you, however unpopular her views may be. You’re not the only real American walking around, Luigi Carputo.

  • Suzanne Pajot

    My, we are a hateful people, aren’t we?

  • jman3

    stream not steam, sorry it’s late

  • Hotdog

    Now with all these revelations of corruption they are just scared of being asked real questions by non censored media. Sooner or later the truth will come out. She and a host of others need to go.

  • William Miller

    So now only the chosen few who must be indoctrinated by zionist controlled jounalism schools will be allowed to use the 1st Amendment.That’s right zionist, I said it. Now come on trolls, all you scums from splc and adl take your best shot.

  • OldmanRick

    Let her define journalist. We will define senator.

  • pupdog1

    Feinstein is a fascist, on several fronts.

    She forgets that the nation’s original blogger was Benjamin Franklin, whose only journalistic “qualification” was that his older brother owned a print shop.

  • Press Watchusa

    Talking about LIMITS ???
    How about >>>>>>>>>> TERM LIMITS?

  • Nathan Leary

    This is nothing less than a backdoor way of shutting down the free press. In my opinion, I think It will open a big door for other laws that will enable bloggers to be bankrupted, jailed and completely shut down.

  • Nathan Leary

    Every American has the fundamental right to write an article, take pictures and publish it. The only people who want you to have a license to do that are the ones who don’t like what you are saying.

  • Dtweet

    It’s not racist, it’s just pointing out that jews own the media and hollywood, and that just about every politician with certain agendas is jewish. Not saying that’s wrong that there is so many jewish people who are running these things, but it is highly suspicious. They have a monopoly on information and certain political agendas. look it up. You’ll find a stein or burg at the top of it all.

  • WhoCanYouTrust

    Well, this is incremental destruction of the First Amendment and control
    over the flow of news. Soon ALL journalists will need an FCC license
    which can only be gotten from the government and can be denied for ANY
    reason. And you won’t be able to get a job in journalism or be allowed
    to attend any press conference without one. Welcome to Feinsteins NAZI
    Germany. If you were to shave her head you would undoubtedly find horns.

  • WhoCanYouTrust

    She’s no idiot, She’s Evil.

  • http://ifthethunderdontgetya.blogspot.com/ ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

    Frickin’ DiFi.

    Isn’t is sad that a liberal-voting state like California has this corrupt war profiteer as one of its Senators?
    ~

  • alarmer33

    Howsabout this turdcunt rotting in HELL with rest of her brood?

  • alarmer33

    as for PRICK Durbin………..well, he’s a communist from the old school.

  • alarmer33

    If DICk Turbin and DIE-Ann Frankenstein ever did “it” in the sack the
    creature they would produce would look like the transporter-accident in
    Star Trek: The Movie

  • Sierra

    That makes it worse. Instead of idiots, they’re misguided fools.

  • finabiscotti

    Feinstein is not the only member of Congress seeking to limit the definition of journalists. Last week, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sent letters to a number of organizations – including the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, which runs Watchdog.org – seeking information about the legitimacy of nonprofit investigative reporters.

    *

    something Durbin – more than likely – did not want known:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/16/Dreamer-Promoted-By-Sen-Dick-Durbin-Laughs-About-Using-U-S-Flag-As-Prop-For-Messaging

  • finabiscotti

    Brilliant, Jen!

  • finabiscotti

    We can draw that person from the Universe to come forward.
    Feinstein is a lowly human being – worthy of being removed from office.

  • finabiscotti

    Considering the Department of Justice has been paying people – with our US Taxpayer money – to work the internet and blogs = Brown shirts,
    is no different than HITLER w his Propoganda machine.

  • finabiscotti

    “We seek a Free Flow of Information….a nation that is afraid to let the people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market – is a nation afraid of its people.”

    President John F. Kennedy, Feb. 1962

  • JenWest

    And this IS a nation afraid of it’s people, unfortunately. Kennedy was a great guy, and look what happened to him.

  • Gwen

    We already have libel, slander and Operations Security laws. As much as I gripe about any Joe Pen getting a blog and calling himself a “journalist,” or people sharing stories written by non-authoritative sources, the Feds DO NOT need to limit Freedom of the Press to those who work as a “salaried employee, independent contractor, or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information.”

  • apostasyusa

    Cox’s suit might make it to the supreme court.

    There is a purpose for protecting people’s right to disseminate information. The first amendment embodies this right.

    Calling out injustices that our government or corporations are culpable, is exactly the reason our citizens are protected under the first amendment. We are all the press.

    Feinstein has made some terrible decisions of late and she will no longer get my vote for US Senate. She has become too entrenched to see what is just.

  • gene456

    In other words, she wants to create licenses for reporters. Can these people ever get more absurd?

  • Dave Eboch

    I think she is very anti American and she appears to be destroying the constitution. Only paid journalists?????? You mean only journalists you can control. The fact that you have tried Feinstein to destroy the first and second amendment for your own selfish protection and the fact you were ready to throw the US back into another illegal war with Syria, and the fact that you are a dual citizen with Israel, tells the people of America that you do not belong in our government. Who or what gave you permission to have life time health care and lifetime salary? You have used US tax Dollars to fraudulently grant yourself that.I think Obama and Holder need to look at your tax records!