Monday, May 31, 2010

Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists

Hey, you need a license to exercise your Second Amendment rights...why not a license for your First? This is Amurr'ca, home of the free!

    Fox News -

    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 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.”

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