Dem. Senator Durbin Not Sure if Bloggers Deserve Constitutional Protection

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, senior Illinois Senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, expressed his doubt as to whether bloggers deserved Constitutional protection for their work online.

On the May 26 broadcast of the Sunday show, Durbin told host Chris Wallace that he wasn’t sure if bloggers or “someone who is Tweeting” should be given protections under a media shield law.

Durbin noted that he was not prepared to ask for a special counsel to investigate Eric Holder and his snooping on the business and personal phone calls of nearly 100 reporters of the Associated Press, but he went further to question just who a media shield law would cover.

But here is the bottom line–the media shield law, which I am prepared to support, and I know Sen. Graham supports, still leaves an unanswered question, which I have raised many times: What is a journalist today in 2013? We know it’s someone that works for Fox or AP, but does it include a blogger? Does it include someone who is tweeting? Are these people journalists and entitled to constitutional protection? We need to ask 21st century questions about a provision in our Constitution that was written over 200 years ago.

Durbin did not go on to attempt to clarify what those limits should be.

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  • Paul Hooson

    Senator Durbin never ceases to amaze me for holding views so contrary to my own reasoning. Whether it’s his support for Internet taxes or his weaknesses on First Amendment issues, he only continues to horrify me…. My own Senator from Oregon, Ron Wyden, often finds himself on the opposite side of Durbin, opposing his views.

  • stan25

    He just wants the state controlled media to be shielded. To hell with Fox News, conservative talk radio and conservative blogs. Anyone that strays off the state controlled reservation will be prosecuted, ala Red China, North Korea, the former Soviet Union and Venezuela under Hugo .

  • GarandFan

    Figures. Durbin is confused about the 2nd Amendment. Now he’s confused about the 1st Amendment. Which makes one wonder how many other facets of the Constitution confuse Dicky.

    • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

      Whatever, whichever pays him the most under the table. Same for the Obamanation of Desolation = POS for short!

  • Ray’s Mom

    Another avenue to censor free speech.

  • Commander_Chico

    That guy Durbin is a tool. The First Amendment applies to everyone, not just paid journalists.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Says the soi disant cognoscenti and veteran who, via his “chickenhawk” slurs, has been consistently trying to deprive non-veterans of their freedom of speech…

      His projection remains a sight to behold.

    • Ken in Camarillo

      Exactly. I’ll go even farther and say that a newspaper company does not have first amendment rights as a company. It’s first amendment rights derive from the fact that the people who own and run it have those first amendment rights.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    http://floppingaces.net/2013/05/31/obama-islam-trumps-the-first-amendment/comment-page-1/#comment-413472


    WARNING: This is what we will have in America, long as Holder & Obama are in charge.

    Lizzie Borden 2 days ago
    The Usurper loves these extremist – he said “the prettiest sound on earth is the Muslim call to prayer at sunset.” (google it for yourself) Well he can just send his two girls to these schools. . . how about that, huh! They can all go to Hell that tolerate Godless Jihad Muslims. There is no good Muslim, they are evil infidels

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