Thursday, February 24, 2005

Shield laws offer illusory protection, columnist says

Writing in the Chicago Tribune, public editor Don Wycliff says he is opposed to a federal shield law:
"You see, if the government gives journalists the right to be exempt from the normal obligations of citizenship, the government, ultimately, will get to decide who is a journalist. Of course nobody will admit that this is the case. They'll contrive some body of journalistic wise men and women, a college of cardinals, who will set standards and thresholds and regulations and such. But somebody will have to appoint those cardinals and, in the end, it will be the government that's in charge."

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