Victory Is Ours, Sayeth the Pundit
Pay attention bloggers and blogfans: “A federal court has ruled that nonprofessional news gatherers have the same rights as professionals.” You know the Patricia Demarest case. Well, the AP reports you don’t need some special permission to excercise your First Amendment rights as a journalist.
Many pro journalists wanted Demarest shut down — they rightly see us amateurs (especially the big ones like the Prof) as threats to their pivileged positions. And many lawmakers wanted the same, because needing some sort of license to practice journalism means some sort of control over journalists.
Demarest won. The First Amendment won. We won.