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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    I voted maybe. It seems people should at least know the basics of journalist ethics. In my state, if you want to work in a restaurant you are required to take a one day seminar on food handling. If you want to serve liquor, there is a one day certification for that.

    It seems to me that journalists should at least know the legal and ethical basics with perhaps something like the above.

    The difference between those things that you mentioned is that freedom of the press and speech are in the constitution, there are no constititonal rights to sell liquore or serve food.
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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Yes, but only if we have people who can write the necessary ethical standards..Of this, I am not impressed with what I have seen.
    So, before this can be written into legislation, we must reduce the illiteracy and the poor English in our nation.
    There must be a law against :
    small print
    second languages
    poor English
    Now, imagine how difficult this is.
    Forgive the mis-spelled word, please.

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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    I'd go as far as advocating that our Constitution be re-written.
    It is no longer the 1600, the 1700s.
    Do we have the people capable of doing this today?
    Read the blogs, the internet reponses, the forums, and from that I'd say no.
    Last edited by earthworm; 05-29-10 at 11:47 AM. Reason: a slow thinking process.

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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    I had to vote no. Not based on 1st amendment or free speech or anything like that.... something more basic. Do I want a law, to be passed by the Federal or State government which then dictates what type of journalist they will license? Really? I'm going to give government --- that ability by making it a law. Hells no.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed 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.


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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    uuhhhh, nope. Some" poll questions" are more challenging than others. This one was pretty easy.....



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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by StandUpChuck View Post
    No, but when I majored in Journalism in college, we were required to take an Ethics class. It seems pretty stupid now because even in class, we knew we'd report certain stories as we saw them.
    Are you suggesting that ethics is situational? I am shocked !!!
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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Patterson further exposed himself as a statist RINO with this proposal.

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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Should the governement be able to decide who can publish information? That would certainly be a good way to let the govenment control criticisim.

    Should those already in a buisiness be able to keep others out? Professional licensing in the USA is almost always supported by those already in the business because it limits the competition.

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    The nature of guilds is to keep people out, narrow the market and raise fees.
    Obama tried that already.
    Told R's not to listen to Rush.
    Tried to sideline FOXNEWS from the White House Press pool.
    Tried to tell folks what a news network is.

    Then we have the one sordid bit of legislation the left is dying to reinstitute; The Fairness Doctrine.
    Pretty soon that won't matter; folks will be able to get their shows from the internet or satellite (would be a boom for satellite radio) and should they institute the Fairness Doctrine for radio, it will die just like Air Amerika.

    The more open the better. The AMMP, the Socialists of Amerika Party (SAPs) need competition, and they lose in the free market.
    Just look at radio, FOXNEWS and WSJ.

    Their saviour, the AMMP's saviour is to go back to reporting news, but even then they are so far gone that may not help.

    I enjoy watching their demise. Others more responsible will fill the void.

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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    No. But a degree in journalism should be mandatory for all those who want to call themselves 'journalists'. Otherwise they're just loudmouths.
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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    No. But a degree in journalism should be mandatory for all those who want to call themselves 'journalists'. Otherwise they're just loudmouths.
    Thats the same thing as requiring people to have a license.
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