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  • Exclusive: John Cornyn Rips Chuck Schumer's Media 'Shield Law'

    03/27/2014 5:58:34 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/27/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The number two Republican in the Senate is lambasting a media “shield law” proposed by New York Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer, potentially imperiling its shot at passage. “This is a bad idea and one whose time has not come,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate minority whip, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “Believe me, we will not be rolled over.” Schumer’s “Free Flow of Information Act” passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, and he recently said he already has the 60 votes needed to pass the bill on the floor. “We’ll get a few more Republicans, not...
  • Matt Drudge calls Dianne Feinstein a 'fascist' for narrowing the definition of a journalist

    09/13/2013 5:21:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/13/2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Matt Drudge called Sen. Dianne Feinstein a fascist after the California Democrat suggested that only "professional" journalists deserved protection under a new media shield law."I can't support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I'm not going to go there," Feinstein said during Thursday's hearing.Drudge reacted to Feinstein's comments on Twitter after stories of the media shield law were highlighted on his Drudge Report website."Comments from Sen. Feinstein yesterday on who's a reporter were disgusting," he wrote, adding...
  • Senate Panel OKs Measure Defining a Journalist

    09/12/2013 1:15:00 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 131 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/12/13 | ap
    The vote was 13-5 for a compromise defining a "covered journalist" as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information. The individual would have been employed for one year within the last 20 or three months within the last five years. It would apply to student journalists or someone with a considerable amount of freelance work in the last five years. A federal judge also would have the discretion to declare an individual a "covered journalist," who would be granted the privileges of the law.
  • Press Shield Has Holes

    06/06/2013 5:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    In response to the acknowledged abuses of his own Justice Department, President Obama has urged Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to reintroduce legislation for a "journalist shield law." And in typical Washington fashion, the proposed act would do nothing to prevent the abuses that supposedly make the law so necessary. We saw a similar response to the horrible Connecticut school shootings last December -- a raft of laws that wouldn't have prevented the tragedy in the first place. It seems that whenever government fails to do what it is supposed to do with the laws already on the books, the answer...
  • Lindsey Graham Isn't Sure If Bloggers Deserve 'First Amendment Protection'

    06/05/2013 9:18:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 67 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 5, 2013 | Brian Fung
    Whether bloggers count as journalists has mostly been a matter of esoterics for reporter types. But as Congress weighs a media shield law in response to the Associated Press/Justice Department subpoena scandal, the question is gaining an urgency that lawmakers are finding hard to ignore as they turn to writing the bill. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., took on the issue—and stumbled. "Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves," he said. "Is any blogger out there saying anything—do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times." The verbal...
  • Holder signed off on warrant for James Rosen records

    05/23/2013 5:08:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 23, 2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Shot: President Obama’s speech today: Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs. Our focus must be on those who break the law. That is why I have called on Congress to pass a media shield law to guard against government over-reach. I have raised these issues with the Attorney General, who shares my concern. So he has agreed to review existing Department of Justice guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters, and will convene a group of media organizations to hear their concerns as part of that review. And I have directed the Attorney General to report...
  • Surprise, surprise … bloggers to be covered under the Senate version of the federal shield law

    10/30/2009 10:37:10 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 3 replies · 332+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | October 31 2009 | Corky Boyd
    According to Editor & Publisher and other sources, the Senate has worked out the wrinkles of a federal shield law to protect news gatherers from being forced to reveal confidential sources. The issues holding it up were from the White House involving classified leaks and national security issues. The major surprise however is it apparently covers freelancers and “citizen journalists,” a euphemism used to describe bloggers. "The negotiated compromise creates a fair standard to protect the public interest, journalists, the news media, bloggers, prosecutors and litigants," said Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., a cosponsor of the Free Flow of Information Act...."
  • Student present at slaying invokes shield law

    05/19/2009 7:47:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 797+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/19/9 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    A potentially key witness to a killing last month in San Francisco - a college journalism student - is invoking a state law aimed at protecting working journalists' sources and unpublished material in refusing to cooperate with police.The 22-year-old student at San Francisco State University was present when Norris Bennett was shot on the street in Bayview-Hunters Point and took photos that police believe could help them find the killer.But the student maintains that he was on the scene as part of a school project chronicling life in the community, and that his witness account and the photos he took...
  • Pelosi: I'm an addict of magazines (+ promises passage of reporter shield law)

    10/05/2008 10:18:03 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 23 replies · 960+ views
    Media Bistro ^ | 10-5-08
    At the kick-off event for the 2008 American Magazine Conference in San Francisco, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi opened the proceedings by telling the 400 magazine executives in attendance that she's a "addict of magazines." "San Francisco is a magazine city," the California resident added. Pelosi couldn't resist taking a few shots at the current administration, especially when discussing the failed shield law: "The shield law died in Senate because the administration didn't want the bill to go through. ... As soon as we have a new Congress and a new President, we will have a new shield law."...
  • Republican AGs push for shield law

    09/14/2008 9:27:03 AM PDT · by jasonmyos · 8 replies · 253+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 9/14/08 | C.Rizo
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-A group of 13 Republican state attorneys general are urging Republican U.S. senators to back legislation that would limit the federal government's ability to force reporters to reveal their confidential sources. The Free Flow of Information Act, already approved by House and awaiting a vote in the Senate, would bring federal law in line with state laws in 49 states that protect reporters' confidential sources in most cases. The letter seeks to allay concern that if enacted the law could fetter the government's pursuit of terrorists.
  • Novak: Wilson did not forcefully object to naming of CIA wife in column

    10/07/2007 10:05:00 PM PDT · by Jean S · 10 replies · 689+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/6/07 | Mike Soraghan
    Columnist Robert Novak said Saturday Ambassador Joe Wilson did not forcefully object to the naming of his CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, when Novak spoke to him prior to the publication of a column that sparked a federal investigation and sent White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to jail. “He was not terribly exercised about it,” Novak said. Instead, Wilson focused on not being portrayed as simply an opponent of the Iraq war. Wilson also stressed that his wife went by his last name, Wilson, rather than Plame, Novak said. Novak forcefully defended his handling of the column...
  • Senate Panel Takes Up Press Shield Bill

    10/04/2007 9:51:07 AM PDT · by khnyny · 16 replies · 463+ views
    AP ^ | October 4, 2007 | Laurie Kellman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday urged his panel to wrap up debate on a bill to shield reporters from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court. "The time for needless delay of this legislation has passed," the Vermont Democrat said in prepared remarks. "We simply have no idea how many newsworthy stories have gone unwritten and unreported out of fear that a reporter would be forced to reveal a source, or face jail time." Even if the Judiciary Committee gets through a growing list of amendments and approves the bill, it faces...
  • House Judiciary panel OKs journalists' shield measure

    08/02/2007 1:13:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 510+ views
    Hearst News via SFGate ^ | 8/2/7 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Hearst Newspapers
    Washington -- Legislation that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources advanced in the House of Representatives Wednesday, despite continued opposition from Justice Department officials who warn it would hamper some criminal investigations. The bill, which the House Judiciary Committee approved by a voice vote, would shield reporters from court orders compelling them to disclose their sources, except in limited cases, such as when there is "significant" harm to national security. Supporters of the measure, including more than 40 media organizations, cheered the Judiciary panel's vote, which moves the measure one step closer to House passage. Similar...
  • Federal Reporters Shield Law

    07/31/2007 9:40:43 PM PDT · by airedale · 14 replies · 504+ views
    Vanity
    Rep Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana and Rick Boucher, Democrat of Virginia have introduced a federal shield law which in general I oppose. I wrote him an email indicating a change that I'd like to see if in fact he went ahead with the law. Here were my suggestions: If you are really going ahead with the shield law then at least change the standard for libel and slander when the media utilizes it. Right now there is a very high bar for someone to win a judgment against the media when the information they provide is wrong and damaging....
  • Afghan journalist beheaded

    04/08/2007 9:41:59 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 13 replies · 1,407+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 9 April 2007
    TALIBAN militants last night beheaded an Afghan reporter kidnapped last month with an Italian journalist, after the government refused to negotiate his release. "We killed Ajmal (Naqshbandi) today at 3.05pm (9.35pm AEST) because the government did not respond to our demands," said Shohaabuddin Atal, spokesman for top Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah. "He was beheaded." "They (the government) did not contact us," he said. Atal said the journalist was beheaded in Helmand's Hazar Joft district and the Taliban leaders would decide whether to return his body to his relatives or not. His claims could not be verified independently. Another Taliban...
  • Go figure (Specter, Plame, Wilson having lunch)

    12/05/2006 11:07:48 PM PST · by STARWISE · 32 replies · 1,344+ views
    WashTimes ^ | 11-29-06
    Inside the Beltway "Very odd," says our source. "They sat at a table in the back." Referring to the intriguing trio of Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, and his wife, Valerie Plame, of CIA-leak fame,
  • Mike Pence is a Rino in the War on Terror and on National Security (Vanity)

    06/29/2006 4:21:13 AM PDT · by AJAY · 78 replies · 1,071+ views
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | 6/29/2006 | AJAY
    Mike Pence told the guest host on the Mark Levin Talk Show that, even after the latest treasons by the NY Times, he still was working (with Senator Lugar) on a Reporters Shield Law. When pressed by his host, he mumbled something vague about trying to find a way to deal with leaks in the bill. Good luck! As we watch the NY Times give significant help to the terrorists (and endanger us all), Mike Pence wants to give the NY Times reporters and editors even more weapons in defense of their treason. If sleazy left-wing (or even right-wing) rags...
  • Bloggers can shield sources, court rules

    05/27/2006 2:09:34 PM PDT · by catholicfreeper · 2 replies · 259+ views
    SFGATE>COM ^ | May 27, 2006 | Ellen Lee
    In a decision that could set the tone for journalism in the digital age, a California appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers, like traditional reporters, have the right to keep their sources confidential. A panel of three judges said in a 69-page decision that a group of bloggers did not have to divulge their sources to Cupertino's Apple Computer Inc., contending that the same laws that protect traditional journalists, the First Amendment and California's Shield Law, also apply to bloggers. Siding with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a high-tech legal group that had filed the appeal, the judges said that Apple...
  • Firings panel can’t compel MD4BUSH (FR Mentioned)

    11/03/2005 8:32:09 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 32 replies · 1,285+ views
    The Gazette ^ | 11/04/05 | Thomas Dennison
    The Democrat-controlled panel investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s hiring and firing practices cannot legally issue subpoenas to identify the mysterious Internet figure known as MD4BUSH, a key request made by Republicans. Assistant Attorney General Robert A. Zarnoch, counsel to the General Assembly, said Thursday that the Special Committee on Employee Rights and Protections does not have the legal authority to subpoena records from a Web site where former Ehrlich aide Joseph F. Steffen Jr. made comments about Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley’s marriage. Steffen, an Ehrlich aide, was fired earlier this year after discussing O’Malley (D), who is running for...
  • AP President Supports Shield Law for Journalists

    10/26/2005 3:21:37 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 17 replies · 505+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 25, 2005
    A federal law to protect journalists from having to reveal their confidential sources is necessary no matter what, Tom Curley, president and CEO of The Associated Press said Tuesday. "It's nuts to see reporters going to jail for upholding professional standards," he said at the National Press Club. "We're not asking for an exception just for us. We're asking for an exception that already exists."
  • Jailed Reporter Miller Seeks Shield Law

    10/18/2005 11:01:30 AM PDT · by DallasMike · 29 replies · 1,190+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | October 18, 2005 | Ken Ritter
    Jailed Reporter Miller Seeks Shield Law By KEN RITTERAssociated Press Writer October 18, 2005, 1:23 PM EDT LAS VEGAS -- New York Times reporter Judith Miller defended her decision to go to jail to protect a source and told a journalism conference Tuesday that reporters need a federal shield law so that others won't face the same sanctions. Miller was jailed 85 days for refusing to reveal the source who disclosed the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame. "Ultimately we protect sources so people will come forth -- so people will know," she told the national conference of the...
  • Armstrong Williams and the Shield Law connection

    07/21/2005 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Crush T Velour · 3 replies · 211+ views
    Armstrong Williams was castigated in the Press for taking advertising money to advocate a program he was already advocating. The crime? He didn't "disclose" his financial "relationship" with the Education Department. So why is it that the Press can discuss the shield law in a manner that can only be described as ADVOCATING it, without disclosing "Oh by the way, we reporters and anchorpeople who are reporting this? We're the major beneficiaries of this law. This law is seeking to give us an exemption that other Americans don't have. This law won't for example protect bloggers...just us." Personally, I think...
  • Bill would give journalists shield - ".. reluctant to put themselves in a special class"

    04/02/2005 11:38:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies · 803+ views
    Houston Texas ^ | April 3, 2005 | JEFFREY GILBERT
    AUSTIN - For years journalists have been hesitant to lobby for a shield law to protect their notes and tapes, but now is the time, many say, before it becomes too late. "We run the very real risk of seeing our reporters and photographers and editors jailed for simply doing their jobs," said Donnis Baggett, publisher of the Bryan-College Station Eagle and legislative chairman of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and the Texas Press Association. "We are on dangerously thin ice." A Senate committee heard testimony last week on a bill that would give journalists a qualified privilege for the...
  • Reporters Fined for Not Giving Sources

    08/19/2004 10:52:48 AM PDT · by Che Chihuahua · 317+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 19, 2004 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON — A federal judge Wednesday held five journalists in contempt of court for refusing to disclose the names of their confidential sources for reports about a nuclear weapons scientist under government investigation in 1999. U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the journalists, including a reporter for The Times, to pay fines of $500 a day until each divulges information about his sources to lawyers for Wen Ho Lee, who worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The order will not be enforced while it is being appealed.