informationliberation
The news you're not supposed to know...




Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand the World
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
(more)
Article posted May 30 2010, 9:54 AM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: Fox News Print

Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists

By Jana Winter

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.

"It's misguided and it's never going to fly," said Kelly McBride, media ethics expert, the Poynter Institute.  She is currently involved in a project examining the transformation of the journalism profession.

The bill was introduced on May 11 and has been referred to the state legislature's Committee on Economic Development and Regulatory Reform.  

"It's a single sponsor bill. I think that says it all" said Mike MacLaren, executive director of the Michigan Press Association.

"I've not talked to the senator about this but whenever you see a single sponsor it's usually indicative of what others think of it, which is not much."

According to the bill, reporters must provide the licensing board proof of:

--"Good moral character" and demonstrate they have industry "ethics standards acceptable to the board."

--Possession of a degree in journalism or other degree substantially equivalent.

--Not less than 3 years experience as a reporter or any other relevant background information.

--Awards or recognition related to being a reporter.

--Three or more writing samples.

Reporters will also have to pay an application and registration fee.

The bill does not prevent reporters who are not licensed by the state from covering Michigan politics, and registering with the state would be voluntary.

Patterson conceded that he didn't actually think his bill would be enacted into law.  He says he's winding down his two decade political career and wants to provoke public discussion before he leaves office.

"I would argue the first amendment feels otherwise," said MacLaren. "He's entitled to his thoughts. The first amendment protects those as well."

"What's the definition of a reporter? I haven't been able to find out? What's a reporter? What's a journalist?" Patterson said. "I thought you had to have a degree in journalism but apparently not. I could retire and be a journalist."

Patterson said he wants a central place where members of the public can go to find out about reporters' credentials, background and experience.

"I'm talking about a central depository for information so someone can go find all that out," Patterson said, comparing his idea to the vetting process for expert witnesses who testify in court.

The senator said that he feels that there's no way to tell who's a legitimate journalist and who's just rewriting other reporters' reporting and twisting facts. 

"He is right, the problem is "How do I know where I'm getting my news from?"" said McBride, who is working on a Ford Foundation project for the Poynter Institute that address the issue of the growing fifth estate--non professional bloggers, community reporters, and citizen journalists--and the shrinking of the fourth estate, the traditional press.

But even though McBride agreed with Patterson's concerns that people don't know which news outlets to trust she said the bill introducing government-licensed reporters is just a bad idea.

Plus, she said that governments often try to control journalists through a credentialing process--and that these attempts are usually deemed unconstitutional. 

"I think that his concern is a legitimate one," McBride said, "But you're not going to solve the problem by creating some kind of licensing system."





Latest Big Brother/Orwellian
- The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech
- Newsday Editor: Carve Hate Speech Out Of First Amendment, Hold Websites Responsible If Users Post Hate Speech
- Award-Winning Comedian: Politically Correct Left Has Killed Comedy
- South Carolina Massacre Results In Apple Going Flag-Stupid In The App Store
- Authorities Can't Find Anything To Charge Alleged 'Extremist' With But Still Insist On 24-Hour Monitoring, Computer Restrictions
- Australia Passes Its Own SOPA, Ignores All Concerns About It
- Confirmed: DOJ Obtained Gag Order To Keep Reason From Informing Affected Commenters Or Discussing Subpoena
- Evidence Suggests DOJ Got A Gag Order Silencing Reason Over Its Bogus Subpoena









No Comments Posted Add Comment


Add Comment
Name
Comment

* No HTML


Verification *
Please Enter the Verification Code Seen Below
 


PLEASE NOTE
Please see our About Page, our Disclaimer, and our Comments Policy.


FAIR USE NOTICE
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.

About Us - Disclaimer - Privacy Policy



Advanced Search
Username:

Password:

Remember Me
Forgot Password?
Register

Mom Lets 7-Year-Old Play In Park, Cops Arrest Her & Charge Her With Child Endangerment - 06/29Video: Deputy Filmed Viciously Beating His K-9 Partner, Charged With Animal Cruelty - 06/28Oregon Legalizes Pot this Week -- But Thanks to the Liquor Control Commission, You Can't Buy It - 06/29Phoenix Cop Arrested After Admitting to Kidnapping and Raping a Woman During an Arrest - 06/29Supreme Court Says Use Of Cruel And Unusual Lethal Injection Cocktail A-OK - 06/29U.S. Citizens Sign Petition to Ban American Flag - 06/29New Gun Study Misses the Point on Self-Defense, and Uses Bad Data to Boot - 06/29How Chris Christie Used A Manufactured Terrorist Plot To Boost His Political Career - 06/28

Man Follows Speeding Cop, Finds Out He Was Speeding To Buy PeanutsMission Creeps: Homeland Security Agents Confiscate Women's Panties For 'Copyright Infringement'Cop Shoots Couple's Dog, Threatens Jail For Trying To Save Dog's LifeSWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong HomeDurham, NC Cop Testifies Faking 911 Calls To Enter Homes Is "Official Policy"Indiana Sheriff Says US A "War Zone" To Justify New MRAP Military VehicleTampa Cops Surveil Pot Dealer, Catch Him Selling Pot, Raid His Home & Kill Him"You Just Shot An Unarmed Man!": Witness Says Police Shot His Friend With His Hands Up
(more)

 
Top