Blogger Isn’t a Journalist Concludes U.S. Court

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.

Full Story Here:
Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn’t a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court–Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her

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.

Full Story Here:
Documents: ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations

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, its definition or its 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.

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7 Responses to Blogger Isn’t a Journalist Concludes U.S. Court

  1. TexasFred says:

    In the case of Crystal Cox one thing that has to be pointed out is the fact that she represented herself in court. I don’t know if Cox is a lawyer, or to what extent she has studied the law, but I do know this, “A person who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client” and I am thinking that may be hitting home for Ms. Cox right about now.

  2. Shady says:

    The Obama administration is now reaching deep into his bag in efforts to “SILENCE THOSE WHO WRITE THE TRUTH”. It will not work now and will not work in the future. Yes I am sure there may be bloggers who will reduce anything to writing and post it as a STORY without FIRST investigating the facts. However there are bloggers that will take time to research the facts before posting. These are the bloggers the Obama are afraid of. I prefer to call them “TRUTHERS”. You see, OBAMA is afraid of the truth, because you can not run from nor hide from the TRUTH, the truth will prevail. That’s why the anointed one is afraid, the TRUTH is gaining on him and will expose him for what he is……….

    Great Post Fred!

  3. minuteman26 says:

    Just another reason to buy more guns and ammo. Will need them if Obama is reelected.

  4. mrchuck says:

    This is ALL about “Freedom of the Press”!!!!

    I’ve known Journalists who graduated with this degree and used “Classic Comics” for their book reports!!

    Most journalists are nothing more than whores,, selling out their “services” who will pay them the most.

    Texas Fred is NOT one of those Journalists!!! PERIOD.

    Texas Fred reports the “un-varnished” truth.
    No gilding the lily here.

    Maybe it’s that you can’t handle the truth??

    Is there a difference between a Journalist and a Reporter??

    Of course there is!

    Political differences will always cause a war.
    It’s what you believe in and what is truthfully reported that makes the difference between intelligent voters and cave dwellers.

    Give’m HELL Harry, was a saying for Pres Harry Truman.
    It fits here perfectly.

  5. This administration and various courts are now perceiving blogs as “the enemy,” particularly if those blogs run counter to the Leftist status quo.

  6. Well? What do we expect? I mean after all it wasn’t that long ago that more than a few of us were classified as “terrorist’s.” Fred, myself, MrChuck and others, just check the feedjits to log government “exams.”

    Great post Fred, and I have to wonder about all those devils in the details…

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