September 14, 2013

SHIELD LAW NOT AS BAD AS REPORTED? Charles Glasser recommends this article from the L.A. Times, commenting (on Facebook): “Finally, an accurate story about the new federal shield law. As I have been pointing out, earlier stories referencing a ‘track record’ to qualify for the protection are incorrect. This bill DOES extend protection in most cases to bloggers, podcasters and others, and without regard to ‘professional’ engagement nor for any particular length of time.”

I’m against shield laws in general, but if we’re to have one, it should cover everyone who does journalism, not just people who draw a paycheck from corporate media.

UPDATE: Mark Tapscott: Senate journalist shield law gets mixed reviews.