There was a Republican legislator in Michigan.
He wasn’t a remarkably conservative man, and to-be-sure not particularly interested in the constitution. Certainly not very knowledgeable about it either. Bruce Patterson actually tried to license ‘opinion’
One thing of particular interest to bloggers and out-of-mainstream writers is the legislative effort to curb access to information and the ability to report by ‘just anyone’. It had popped up a couple of years ago when a Michigan legislator, State senator Bruce Patterson (perhaps twirling his handlebar mustache a little too tight) had the idea of ‘licensing journalists’.
“Introduced by Sen. Bruce Patterson (R) on May 11, 2010, to create a government “Board of Michigan Registered Reporters” to pass on the qualifications under criteria established in the bill for an individual who seeks to use the title “Michigan Registered Reporter.” An individual who writes or creates news stories, commentaries or editorials for a newspaper, online news outlet or radio or TV broadcaster, and who wants to use this title, would have to pay a $10 fee, and have either a journalism degree, at least three years experience as a reporter, submit writing samples, present evidence of awards or recognitions, present a letter of recognition from a reporter who is “registered,” etc.”
A very strange thing to even ponder, much less propose as law.
In fairness, it should be noted he was ‘cool’ with non credentialed types using the title ‘reporter’.
One might wonder where such a mental process begins. Is it the result of a nasty and hurtful news article? Is it to protect an elite class of reporters and restrict access to all others (unless properly credentialed) who seek access to political types? Is it simply impish guile?
Who knows? It’s forgotten news anyhow, as it went nowhere and it has been absent for several years of the 24 hour news cycle.
Now we have a new twist! read on…