Internet news pioneer Matt Drudge on Friday issued a scathing criticism of a Senate bill that will provide a narrow definition of the term journalist.
Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein insisted on liming protections for a new “media shield” law to “real reporters” and not that of a hypothetical 17-year old with his or her own website.
“I can’t support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I’m not going to go there,” she reportedly said.
Drudge, publisher of the popular Drudge Report, turned to his personal twitter account to vocally express his opposition to the bill.
The “media shield” legislation that cleared a Senate panel on Friday reportedly defines a “covered journalist” as someone who reports for “an entity or service that disseminates news and information.” It reportedly covers freelancers, part-timers, and student journalists.
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