As is the case so many times, what appears to be a protection for a constitutional concept such as freedom of the press, in fact paves the way for real limitations and controls on these very basic freedoms that are so essential to the continuance of a free society. This proposed law now brings a complete new concept to journalism. The Senate is proposing this protection, but is adding a whole new classification called a “covered journalist.” Only this limited group would be afforded these protections.
This proposed law violates the constitution by passing a law that infringes on the freedom of the press by defining and limiting who is a protected journalist. Any time these classifications become a part of a law, controls are immediately in place and now very easy to manipulate. All that has to be done is amend the law or write unconstitutional regulations to change and limit who would be a “covered journalist.”
These types of tactics are very common when groups want to control the flow of information. All attempts to bring about a totalitarian state so an ideology can be implemented, include the regulation of the press. This is a covert effort by the Marxist/Progressives to gain that control. They are very skilled in camouflaging their intent, but anybody who has followed their tactics knows, within a very short time of an unconstitutional proposed law like this actually becoming law, the restrictions and controls would go into place. This proposed law cannot become law if we want to retain any facsimile of a free and open society.