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    Should you need a license to be a journalist?

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

    No.

    We live in a free speech country, and this is part of living in a free speech country.

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

    I'm uncomfortable with the “good moral character” bit as its quite vague.

    I'm not in favor of the law to begin with, but I dislike vagaries in the law that can be exploited
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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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    Years ago, when I was naive, I would have said yes, but the press is largely a propaganda arm. Below Howard Fineman explains how it happened that the Press became Democrat Propagandists.

    Journalism is not rocket science.
    Dig up facts, look for info from both or all sides, and report it fairly.

    If you can do that, you are practicing journalism.

    Were those that broke CBS News/NY Times attempt to use forged documents to swing a Presidential election journalists? I would say so. They should have gotten a Pulitzer or numerous Pulitzers.

    Drudge? Broke TWO stories: Newsweek tried to bury Clinton-Lewinsky. He revealed Clinton lied under oath.
    It got Clinton impeached.
    Not an accredited journalist, but Pulitzer(s) worthy reporting.

    Fineman: 'Mainstream Media Party' is over - Howard Fineman- msnbc.com
    WASHINGTON - A political party is dying before our eyes... I'm talking about the "mainstream media,"...

    At the height of its power, the AMMP (the American Mainstream Media Party) ...

    Still, the notion of a neutral, non-partisan mainstream press was, to me at least, worth holding onto. Now it's pretty much dead...

    The seeds of its demise were sown with the best of intentions in the late 1960s, when the AMMP was founded in good measure (and ironically enough) by CBS.

    The problem was that, once the AMMP declared its existence by taking sides, there was no going back. A party was born.

    It was not accident that the birth coincided with an identity crisis in the Democratic Party. The ideological energy of the New Deal had faded; Vietnam and various social revolutions of the ’60s were tearing it apart. Into the vacuum came the AMMP, which became the new forum for choosing Democratic candidates.
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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    well, it would violate the 1st amendment, as it could be used to inhibit free speech, and i doubt it would work anyway, the reporters holding the licenses would probably get a massive influx of 'un-named sources'
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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

    Definitely no. Such a system would be very prone to exploitation by politicians and their puppet-masters.
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    Re: Should you need a license to be a journalist?

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

    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.

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

    Should the governement be able to decide who can publish information? That would certainly be a good way to let the govenment control criticisim. It would also raise some amount of funds from licensing fees.

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

    I voted No, but a brain and practicing to keep their own political beliefs out of the reporting would be nice.

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