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Wayne Dupree @newsninja2012

If I write down my thoughts about how wasteful the government is for example, and they happen to be published on a website, please explain to me how the government can stop me from doing so under my first amendment rights. It is idiotic fools like you who are responsible for Americans having NO respect for congressmen and government.

Once again our law makers have forgotten that the constitution trumps any law they pass. The constitution gives all citizens the right of free speech and freedom of the press. That’s the great thing about rights, you don’t have to ‘deserve’ them. At least that’s how our country was meant to work. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism in our society for defending the constitution and enforcing its primacy upon those who would usurp its authority such as the Supreme Court and our own Congress.

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Ali @aakbar

I’m ready for a fight. Here’s Washington trying to limit the citizenry — again!

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Jackie Wellfonder @jlwellfonder

As mentioned above, bloggers are the new media. We break stories, and we’re not inhibited by lap dog policies and unwritten rules to defend and protect bureaucrats. Our only agenda is truth.

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Two Cents @twocents

News is news. Free press doesn’t mean you are only the free press if you are paid by Fox News of MSNBC. Citizen journalism, blogging, and major media corporations are all important and should be protected under the first amendment. Graham is OUT TO LUNCH. He is really bothering me lately. I think its time he leaves Washington DC. I would like to make this point though: ALL media is biased. Bloggers are less biased, but just because they do not work for a major corporation does not mean they do not put their own spin on things. That being said: I trust bloggers more than I trust mainstream media, because they tend to say “I am conservative” or “I am liberal” while the mainstream media tries to pretend they aren’t biased. Its obvious!

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Willie Lawson @wlshow

Shouldn’t everyone have 1st amendment rights?

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Gary @grand-vizier

Once upon a time
The newspapers controlled most of the public discourse,and Lo,the writers were REPORTERS with special standing.Celebrities!
Radio and then Television pushed thier way into the news business and ,LO the newspaper reporters were diminished in status.
Now comes the internet,websites VOLKALIZE. LO! We can all become reporters (those who are literate anyway)
We are not on television,but there are legions of us, we are changing the world,little by little. Like ANTS. But enough of us can move a bigger mountain than the biggest Media Star over time.
We all demand 1st amedment rights.
We are all allowed to ask questions,of anybody,it is our RIGHT.
People who have secrets and swear to keep silent have their legal obligations,
but all of us have the right to ASK questions.

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Luann Keller @luannkeller

No one professional is more free than others. The Bill of Rights was for each American. When I heard the question of bloggers qualifying for “Press Rights” I thought “How ignorant and elitist.”

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A. Scott @mustang

First amendment rights extend to every American. Even, or especially those who hold an opinion contrary to my own. Now we hear that Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder want to prosecute Americans for stating in public their negative views about Islam, threatening them with “civil rights” violations. My incredulous question is, “Are they daft?” Have they overlooked the fact that this IS the United States of America?

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debrakcarey @debrakcarey

EVERYONE has 1st amendment rights. Published or unpublished. The move to license journalists is a way around the 1st amendment and an attempt to control access to information.

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Ben @bbqspecial

I believe bloggers already have first amendment rights!

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Larry @ldnjr

Absolutely I believe bloggers should have the same right to protection as any media person. Their is no reason why they shouldn’t.

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Julia Wotten @juliaw

@luannkeller @mustang @debrakcarey @twocents @grand-vizier @wlshow @jlwellfonder @aakbar @newsninja2012 @bbqspecial @ldnjr

WHAT YOU ARE ALL FORGETTING: Journalists have special privileges so they cannot be subpoenaed for their sources. Because they are investigators that deliver their investigations to the public. They do this for a living, so they get special privileges. We cannot just give these rights to anyone because then all they have to do is maintain a blog and then say they don’t have to give up any sources. Anyone could commit a crime or be involved in crimes and not be subpoenaed to give up other individuals involved. This cannot happen. Bloggers cannot be given the same protections as journalists.

Now, if you want to talk about some kind of certification process so that bloggers can prove themselves legitimate, then I am all for that. THEN they can get similar protections as journalists.

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Gary @grand-vizier

I bet you want the Government to issue these special privileges.
Of course what if you want to write criticizing things about the Government?
Bet that makes your brain hurt to think about what happens then, Huh?
Save your brain!
Keep government out of this area.

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