One would think that a story using "unnamed sources" would lack credibility, but we read such things on the internet all the time, and people do take them seriously.
If, that is, the story supports the reader's biases.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Like others have said, I don't like the defining what is or isn't a journalist so much. But it's not like we don't already do that. We don't apply the protections of freedom of the press to every single person merely on their declaration of themselves as acting in a journalistic capacity. Maybe we should, but I don't think this would really alter who does or doesn't enjoy that protection. I actually think we should define who is or isn't the press, but we should do it much more broadly. I think the act of obtaining information to disseminate it to the public, with the intent of informing the public, is basically enough. Whether you're on TV or just on a blog, you're acting in a journalistic capacity, and we should protect that.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
I really don't know any more.
My main concern is in the government deciding whom they'll recognize as legitimate. Outside an armed populous, freedom of the press is the most important aspect of a free society. The Press is there to police the government, the government shouldn't be policing the press, not if we hope to keep up the slightest appearance of this charade that is our freedom.
With this bill, I can see and feel the grip of tyranny around this country's throat. This bill must be defeated and the members of congress who support it, shamed and embarrassed publicly.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.