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Dick Durbin: Are bloggers and tweeters entitled to constitutional protection?

By Doug Powers  •  May 26, 2013 05:53 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has in the past had a very subjective and abstract view of the Constitution, and on Fox News Sunday he once again wondered which people might be “entitled” to constitutional protections and which people might not:

“You’ve raised an important point and I heard Sen. Graham call for special counsel,” Durbin said. “I’m not ready to do this at this moment. I would like to know if Holder has any conflict in here beyond what we heard when it comes to the Fox case.”

“But here is the bottom line — the media shield law, which I am prepared to support, and I know Sen. Graham supports, still leaves an unanswered question, which I have raised many times: What is a journalist today in 2013? We know it’s someone that works for Fox or AP, but does it include a blogger? Does it include someone who is tweeting? Are these people journalists and entitled to constitutional protection? We need to ask 21st century questions about a provision that was written over 200 years ago.”

Does Dick think the First Amendment only covers journalists (and apparently only ones who write with quills on parchment)?

If Durbin ever bothered to actually read the Constitution he’d know that the Founders knew all too well the danger of having somebody like, well, Dick Durbin, ever ending up as the arbiter of who’s “entitled” to rights.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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  • Bill Wheldon

    Bloggers are not journalists and should not be considered as members of the press, but freedom of speech covers all Americans.

  • http://MichelleMalkin William willis

    The first amendment gives us free speech. The second guarantees the rest.

  • dustin

    bloggers represent individuals. we can’t allow them to speak their true words when our media is trying to tell them the populist opinion… said every politician ever.

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