Remember back in May when the federal government was busted spying on reporters?
We do …
A few days later, in a particularly clumsy attempt at damage control, the Obama administration told U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) to revive a media “shield law” he introduced way back in 2009.
A law that went absolutely nowhere …
“How transparently shameless and self-serving,” we wrote at the time, adding that “shield laws don’t mean sh*t if the government can simply take the information it wants without asking – which is exactly what Obama’s Justice Department did to the Associated Press.”
And not just the Associated Press … the Obama administration has engaged in a war on journalism aimed at silencing those who report on its corruption.
Anyway, in the event you care (and we don’t) Schumer’s “shield law” cleared a U.S. Senate panel this week.
“Thanks to important bipartisan compromises, we’ve put together a strong bill that balances the need for national security with that of a free press,” Schumer claims.
There’s even a sop thrown into bloggers, who would ostensibly be protected from having to reveal their sources under the new legislation.
Here’s our problem, though … as long as Obama’s Justice Department (under corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder) is permitted to continue spying on reporters with impunity, there is absolutely no protection afforded to anyone under a new media “shield law.”
This is nothing but damage control … shameless “reform in name only.” The U.S. Senators who advanced it on the one hand while preserving Obama’s ability to spy on the Fourth Estate should be ashamed of themselves.