The Free Flow of Information Act, Senate Bill 987, is now under consideration.
This misnamed piece of insanity seeks to define who a journalist is and isn’t, thereby compelling all “non-journalists” to reveal their sources on demand.
Who would be non-journalists? Millions and millions of people who blog, write online articles, and post videos.
Sorry. No sale, Congress.
The bill, which tries to define what a reporter is, is going to be as effective as trying to stop waves from breaking on the beach with your prurient sniffing noses.
If politicians can decide whether I’m a journalist, I can decide whether they’re representing the people who elected them.
If politicians can declare I’m not a reporter, and therefore I must testify about my sources, I can decide they’re not representatives, and therefore all their votes on legislation are null and void.
I can also decide Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, and Dianne Sawyer are animated cartoons that read press releases from the White House. Not journalists.
I can decide that one of the bill’s main supporters, gun-toting Senator Dianne Feinstein, who replaced her weapon with armed security guards, is a frog who was hatched in a Superfund site.
I can decide the Constitution makes illegal 95% of what the federal government does, merely on the basis of the 10th Amendment.
I can decide the NSA is a fake investigative reporter who is sourcing 90% of his stories by spying on the American people—and therefore must reveal those sources. He must disclose all the names of all the people in America (his sources) on whom he is spying.
I can decide Washington DC is a cesspool of poison and must be cordoned off, eliminating entry and exit, and thereby protecting the rest of America.
My freedom does not come from the government.
My freedom to write and speak does not come from politicians.
Or from the courts.
Feinstein wants to define a reporter as someone who draws a paycheck from a legitimate news organization. I define her as a politician who draws an illegitimate paycheck from the American people.
I define mainstream news organizations as cowardly thieves who spend their days deceiving their audiences. These organizations should exist in a giant soap bubble, where they can talk only to each other.
Because news companies are bleeding red ink out of every orifice, they want protection. They want an official legislated monopoly on inventing reality.
But intrinsically, reality is a matter open to debate.
That fact will never change.
No president, whether he claims to feel our pain, can’t read a teleprompter, or appears out of a cloud to save the world can alter that fact.
Here is the truth. Everyone is a reporter. Everyone can seek answers and look for them. This is: the ocean.
Now, you politicians, waddle up to it and stick your nosy noses against it and try to stop it.
Your cesspool will go dry before our ocean does.
The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com