Archive for September 17th, 2013

The Privileged Class

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Of all the left wing insanity we have had to endure these past few years, this just tops it all. It’s like watching sausage being made.

In its attempt to define who’s a journalist and who’s not, is the US Senate trying to say that Thomas Paine, a corset-maker, wouldn’t have deserved the same protections from government heavy-handedness as a newspaper publisher like Ben Franklin?

The first version of a media shield law that handily made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday defined for the first time what constitutes a “real reporter” deserving of extra protection versus what Sen. Dianne Feinstein called a “17-year-old blogger” who doesn’t deserve a legal shield.

The cynical side of me says this is merely a consolidation of power. The left has nailed down all the journalism jobs in the dinosaur media and is attempting to nail the door shut by controlling who gets into J-school- thus who gets this new ‘protection’. But it is far more insidious than that.

Let’s go to the video tape…

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Common sense would dictate that the defining of a ‘journalist’ by Congress would reasonably be deemed an abridgement of ‘the press’, but let’s not let a silly piece of paper get in the way of important business of the Senate. We all remember how leftists enjoy their stupid titles of nobility. Like Barbara Boxer:

I have long advocated the next president should issue White House press passes to right wing bloggers foregoing the Dino-media and their Eason Jordan mentality. Think of it as ‘progress’. For the childruns.

Recently, Vladamir Putin allegedly wrote a piece for the New York Times. The New York Times, being broke, had to cut out the middleman and go directly to the source. Walter Duranty would be so proud. Maybe Vlad will get a Pulitzer for that piece. Who knows, stranger things have happened. Like Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize for doing… well, nothing.

Leading from behind!

Leading from behind!

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Here’s where we get to the nitty-gritty:

“All we’re doing is adding privilege to existing First Amendment rights, so there is, logically, zero First Amendment threat out of this,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, (D) of Rhode Island.

I have written about ‘privilege’ before, but let’s go through it again, shall we? A privilege is a permission to do something that would otherwise be a tort. In effect, the Senate is issuing forth license to the dead-tree media to protect it from slander and libel, while at the same time bloggers are placed on notice.

The notion that somehow ‘privilege’ adds to a ‘Right’ is at the same time laughable and depressing. Even the Supreme Court has ruled a Right cannot be converted into a privilege. (Don’t make me find the citation.) Explained a different way: Suppose an idiot politician were to say they are going to make breathing air a privilege. You would still have the Right to breath air, but they were just adding privilege to the Right. How fast could you find the tar and feathers?

Update:

I got yer ‘privilege’ right here:

TACOMA, Wash. – Legislators headed to work can’t get speeding tickets — or so says the Washington State Patrol and at least one local police department.

A spokesman for WSP says Washington lawmakers are constitutionally protected from receiving noncriminal traffic tickets during a legislative session, as well as 15 days before. A spokeswoman says The Tacoma Police Department abides by a similar policy.

State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins says the privilege not only applies to moving violations near the state Capitol in Olympia, but potentially anywhere in the state.