June 6, 2013
Whether bloggers count as journalists has mostly been a matter of esoterics for reporter types. But as Congress weighs a media shield law in response to the Associated Press/Justice Department subpoena scandal, the question is gaining an urgency that lawmakers are finding hard to ignore as they turn to writing the bill.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., took on the issueâ€”and stumbled.
“Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves,” he said. “Is any blogger out there saying anythingâ€”do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.”