Once in a while a story pops up that just begs to be married to another story. This is one of those times! Do we have bit of First Amendment death taking place in order to cover up a bit of Second Amendment death maybe? You decide.
Blogger Isn’t a Journalist Concludes U.S. Court
A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has drawn a line in the sand between “journalist” and “blogger.” And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million.
Speaking to Seattle Weekly, Cox says that the judgement could have impacts on bloggers everywhere.
“This should matter to everyone who writes on the Internet,” she says.
I am NOT big into conspiracy theory, but given the recent performance of the Department of Justice, The BATF, DEA and the Obama administration as a whole, I have to wonder, is the above a warning rattle? Something designed to make bloggers think about not making that post that gets them on the radar? Something to intimidate bloggers in an attempt to stifle their Second Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution?
Is the government making a serious effort to discredit bloggers in hopes that we won’t do a piece like the one just below?
Documents: ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations
Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.
PICTURES: ATF “Gunwalking” scandal timeline
In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
I am not intimidated. By ANYONE.
I speak my mind, I speak to facts that have been garnered from many sources, news, TV, print media, social networks and the like. I don’t make hollow accusations and I do NOT reveal confidential sources. And YES, I DO have some confidential sources.
This Crystal Cox may indeed be a test case, she may have defamed Obsidian Finance Group, I don’t know, I can’t speak to that simply because I have NO facts.
What I DO know is this; the judge in Portland truly has drawn a line in the sand between “journalist” and “blogger.”, and to some extent, I have to agree, not ALL bloggers are journalists, but. not all journalists practice journalistic integrity.
Granted, many bloggers haven’t a clue about journalistic integrity, it’s definition or spelling, but there are more great bloggers out there than there are Pulitzer Prize winners.
I am convinced that *cat bloggers* aren’t journalists, they are *cat bloggers*.
Some of us that blog actually DO engage in journalistic endeavors and we maintain a high degree of personal integrity. We are journalists. Every bit as much as any other source of news and opinion on the World Wide Web.
The United States government, under the regime of Barack Hussein Obama, is afraid of people like me. They know that we will seek the truth, no matter where that truth may come from, and they know we will publish that truth for ALL to see.
Sure, I have a Conservative tilt, well, more than a tilt actually, I’m to the right of Attila the Hun on most subjects, and I post news and opinion from MY perspective. What I don’t do is LIE, SLANDER or DEFAME. That’s the part that drives the loony left, (Obama and Crew) crazy. It’s hard to sue someone for telling the unmitigated truth.
I am seriously NOT into conspiracy blogging, but I do have to wonder about the smoke screen the Obama regime and AG Eric Holder are throwing up concerning Fast and Furious, Operation Gunwalker and the money laundering that is being reported as having happened through the Drug Enforcement Administration.
I have to wonder if that smoke screen, and the attack on bloggers First Amendment rights, as well as the accusations that bloggers aren’t journalists is not specifically designed to stop a few of us from delving too far into the world of Obama and Holder.