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

    All dictatorships have licenses for journalists, all fascists and undemocratically regimes try to destroy the freedom of speech at first.
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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Regicollis View Post
    Definitely no. Such a system would be very prone to exploitation by politicians and their puppet-masters.
    What would be the difference from what goes on now?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Alfons View Post
    All dictatorships have licenses for journalists, all fascists and undemocratically regimes try to destroy the freedom of speech at first.
    You said it. We live in a society that demands better than the environments fascists and undesirable regimes prescribe. Therefore we are stuck embracing the **** that goes with a free society.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MSgt View Post
    What would be the difference from what goes on now?
    Not much, I'm afraid but it would at least not make things worse to drop the plans to require licenses based on "moral character" for people to work as journalists.

    Currently there is a lot of bias in the media because of corporate ownership, advertising and political spin. I don't think having politicians deciding who gets to be a journalist would make the system any less corrupt than it is now.
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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    No you shouldnt need a license to be a journalist by any means. And I don't care about whether or not you're a journalist calling for gun laws or removal or reduction of existing rights, it is your right to freely speak about how you want to change the system and your political views. The Constitution and laws aren't set in stone they are meant to change, whether thats a lessening of rights like the 18th amendment outlawing alcohol or a law or change increasing rights. Like gay marriage or god forbid allowing gay servicemen to serve openly.

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

    The answer is no. Licensing press rights means someone in the government gets to choose who says what, how and when - ultimately leading to censorship of the press. Its unconstitutional and for good reason.

    Bad/unverified "news" will get sorted out, people will post refuting evidence and take legal action if its libel or slander - just a matter of time.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should you need a license to be a journalist?
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    I wonder how many of these reporters spoke out against requiring a permit/license for 2nd amendment rights?I guess if they can require a permit/license in other words permission from the government to exercise one constitutional right then they can do the same for other constitutional rights too.

    FOXNews.com - Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists
    A Michigan lawmaker wants to license reporters to ensure they’re credible and vet them for “good moral character.”

    Senator Bruce Patterson is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers. Patterson, who also practices constitutional law, says that the general public is being overwhelmed by an increasing number of media outlets--traditional, online and citizen generated--and an even greater amount misinformation.

    “Legitimate media sources are critically important to our government,” he said.

    He told FoxNews.com that some reporters covering state politics don’t know what they’re talking about and they’re working for publications he’s never heard of, so he wants to install a process that’ll help him and the general public figure out which reporters to trust.

    “We have to be able to get good information,” he said. “We have to be able to rely on the source and to understand the credentials of the source.”

    Critics say the proposed law will stem press freedoms and is bound to be politicized with disgruntles politicians going after reporters who don’t paint them in a positive light. They say that adding members of the so-called fourth estate to the list of government regulated occupations would likely be found unconstitutional.
    I agree, Journalists should be treated the same as gun owners

    I will let the leftists ponder the meaning



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

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I agree, Journalists should be treated the same as gun owners

    I will let the leftists ponder the meaning
    Owning a gun, and being able to express one's opinions are two completely different things.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Owning a gun, and being able to express one's opinions are two completely different things.

    Owning a gun and being able to express one's own opinion are both US constitutionally protected rights in which the government is not supposed to infringe or prohibit. So if you support the government infringing or prohibiting on one right without a constitutional amendment then you support the government infringing on other rights without a constitutional amendment.
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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I agree, Journalists should be treated the same as gun owners

    I will let the leftists ponder the meaning

    I admit that I really love the idea of leftist getting a dose of their own medicine. But even though I am pretty sure that none of those scum spoke up when places like Chicago and New York enacted some of the most anti-2nd amendment laws in the country I will still support their right to free speech and freedom of the press.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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