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What is a journalist?

August 18, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

Thomas Jefferson said, "Our liberty depends on Freedom of the Press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."

Some say national security is being used as an excuse not just to limit journlists, but to harass and intimidate them.

Let's examine those thoughts to what is happening today.

Is Limbashing or Savaging of America a prelude to defending Freedom of Speech with a tone of pool hall mentality, to speak with irreconcilable, opinionated conspiracies that might be happening anywhere near what Jefferson meant when he spoke those words, "Our liberty depends on Freedom of the Press?"

The travesty of a privilege guaranteed by the Constitution, Freedom of Speech has been disgraced by bravoed pundits posing as part-time journalists, switching to "I am an opinionator," when exposed with no fact-finding reports.

The sacred trust put in journalists died with talk radio and cable TV's mega stars mimicking the news instead of reporting it.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a shield law to protect journalists and their sources.

How sad is the situation? The attention the media brought on itself by sensationalizing the news left the U.S. Senate Committee in a quandary. They can't agree on a definition of a journalist.

Steve Kopa

Weirton

 
 

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