"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."
Thirteen pigs voted for the death of freelance journalism. "Freedom of press" always meant freedom of the printing press, and not how our current elites define it.
Here's my problem with this: you start making rules like this and pretty soon a judge will declare a blogger not protected by the First Amendment. I'm not too sure this already hasn't happened, but no examples jump to my pre-caffeinated mind.
And if you don't believe me, look at the evolution of the NSA post 9/11. Look at the serial abuses of the Executive branch against whistle-blowers, the Espionage Act, etc.
How can't the Stewarts and Colberts not look at this and explode? They aren't technically journalists-they parody. What about left leaning sites like Gawker? What if they make the wrong joke about the person in power?
Last thought: all this is the entrenched politicians covering their own asses. If a freelancer, say James O'Keefe, were to publish a report of their misdeeds they could effectively censor him.
Onto more important things: GAMBLING
GAMBLOOR IS A RAPACIOUS BLOOD GOD WHOSE THIRST CANNOT BE QUENCHED. Also, it's football season. Your weekend picks (in bold):
Carolina (-2) at Buffalo: Carolina's front 7 is pimp. Spiller will do nothing, forcing Buffalo to pass. Cam Newton unleashes the dragon.
San Diego (+7.5) at Philly: I remain unconvinced that Philly can keep it's rugby offense going without killing the lineman and Vick. Philly just can't be that big of a favorite right now; I'd take them at -5.
New Orleans (-3.5) at Tampa Bay: Based on nothing more than my mancrush on Brees and Sproles.
Music for the weekend will be be brought by Run DMC:
I love that this song in it's own way is a tribute to the Monkees, who covered the original from the Paul Butterfield Blues band.
Enjoy your weekends.