Sen. Dick Durbin pulls the ‘real journalist’ card: Protection? ‘Just bloggers’ need not apply

Wait, what?

Sen. Durbin (D-Ill.) hit “Fox News Sunday” this morning.

The senator apparently whipped out the “real journalist” card.

No, really.

Unbelievable. Sorry, “just bloggers,” perhaps no protection for you!

Durbin was taking a page from Juan Williams’ book, huh? Remember, he extolled the virtues of “real journalists,” while slamming “just bloggers.” Twitchy founder Michelle Malkin offered up an epic Teachable Moment for him and citizens continued the schooling on Twitter. Perhaps the same must be done for Sen. Durbin?

The Constitution is selective now, evidently.

Bingo. Such is life in the self-aggrandizing beltway bubble.

Dear Sen. Durbin: It is often “just bloggers” who do the jobs that many in the media refuse to do. But, they can’t be bought off by glazed donuts, lame photo montage jokes or a “charm offensive,” can they?


In a nutshell:



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  • Elaine

    Conservative bloggers have become better journalists than the supposed real ones these days who lie, ignore facts and spin! They’re missing all the important stories.

    • GrindingMills

      But then are they journalists and not bloggers anymore? It’s an interesting question, especially when you’re talking about shield laws.

      • VetOnFire

        I guarantee they(obama) arent doing anything for the benefit of american free speech, You’ll find out that whatever the sheild law come to be is in one way or the other to impede free speech.

  • NotaLemming

    I thought Freedom of the Press was something only Ben Bernanke had?

    • HARP2

      Now that will fly right over the heads of Liberals.

    • TocksNedlog

      He isn’t even printing any money — just ‘pretending’ that it’s there!

    • peteee363

      his freedom ends, when the paper or ink run out. and it seems they had a big sale on green ink, red seems to be also in big supply as well?

  • BlahBlah

    So after he takes away 1st amendment from “just bloggers” will he go on to strip Lerner off of her 5th? Just wondering.

    • $30423294

      You are scary smart; remind me not to get on your bad side. You eviscerate with words. Oh my.

      • BlahBlah

        BOO 😀

        • $30423294


    • in_awe

      Lerner conveniently did that all by herself.

    • Janice LEE

      They want to shut down Drudge. He’s in their crosshairs. Oops, am I allowed to use that word??

  • CatHerder

    Divide and conquer, eh Dick? Why not just come on out and say it, only lap dogs allowed freedom of the press.

  • lisalake

    And is anyone surprised that chris wallace didn’t even question it????

  • HARP2

    Will he post on Daily Kos to inform them of their insignificance ?

  • Steve_J

    From what he said a person might almost think he would like to live in a country run like Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, or Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

    • kathleenirish

      Yes, but of course. He is one in power

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Mr. Durbin:

    It sounds as though you would have been right at home in charge of a company of Hitler Youth back in 1939.

  • Elaine

    WAIT.. does that include the ones summoned to the White House?

  • almarquardt

    Just wait. The government is now going to call for licensing of everyone who wants to speak out about — anything. Don’t worry, though. They will set up an instant-check system so you won’t have to wait long to be approved or denied.

    After all, it’s what they did to our 2nd Amendment rights.

    • in_awe

      I’m sure someone with experience from the IRS will be available to run the licensing unit.

  • TocksNedlog

    I must have missed that part of the First Amendment which reads, “The freedom of the non-press MAY be abridged.”

    • in_awe

      Seems to be the interpretation being used by Obama & the Dems these days

  • HARP2

    But Tsarnaev had his rights.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Mark Twain was not a “Journalist,” per se, he was an Author and a Humorist. Same with Will Rodgers. They were the “bloggers” of their (respective) times (see above), but they did not need a College Degree, nor permission or protection from the Government to express their opinions. Shouldn’t ALL American U.S. Citizens be treated that way?
    By the way, I’m not a “Blogger,” I just play one on the InterWebs. /sarc #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • TocksNedlog

    Yeah, that’s what we need — the federal government defining who is or is not a legitimate journalist.

    This will end well.

    • in_awe

      Obama already did that a few years ago claiming that Fox News is not a legitimate news organization and that any “real” news organization following a news story run by Fox would be ostracized by the White House. He for a while also tried to exclude Fox News from the White Reporter Pool.

      Legitimate news sources can be identified by their independence:

      CNN President Virginia Mosley –> Husband Tom Nides was Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of State

      CBS News President David Rhodes –> Brother Ben Rhodes is the top Obama National Security Aide who ordered changes to the Benghazi talking points

      ABC President Ben Sherwood –> Sister Elizabeth Sherwood is Special Adviser to the President

  • HannahJK

    Let me guess how Dickhead will define this. Conservative = unreal journalist Liberal = real journalist

  • ObamaFail

    This is what Democrats don’t understand. EVERYONE is protected by the 1st Amendment. Why do we let Democrats get elected if they don’t even understand our own laws?

  • TocksNedlog

    Nothing scares liberals MORE than the right of the people to tell the truth about them.

  • stuckinIL4now

    The more important question is: What is a US Senator from Illinois these days?
    The final answer is: Just another idiot lyin’ sack’o’Durbin corrupt politician.

    This dope has been given way too many opportunities, repeatedly, for way too many years, to swear to uphold the US Constitution, the concepts, meanings and intentions of which he has absofreakinlutely no clue while he’s done everything in his deluded presumptions of god-like powers he thinks it grants him to distort and twist everything into meaning libturds rule. And sadly, in 2014 the low information, low cognition Dembecile voters in Illinois will likely give him another 6 years to pontificate his cretinism and legislate libturd lunacy and derangement.

    • mickeyco

      I’m alsostuckinIL4now and you’ve recapped beautifully. There’s no one here to vote for on a national level.

    • GaryTheBrave

      What is a Senator from Illinois? It’s a resident of Chicago. There aren’t enough votes downstate to prevent that. Every statewide pol just has to campaign in Chicago and they win. F___ the rest of the state.

  • peteee363

    will he make a new jounalist test? 1: get on your knees. 2: pucker up. 3: kiss the backside of teh won. 4: repeat as needed.

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    I wasn’t aware there was some kind of magic line that separated ‘journalists’ from every one else. Pretty sure 1st A says freedom of press, not freedom of press where recognized by peers

  • Sharkteeth

    Twitter is taking over where the MSM quit.

  • gracepmc

    All written word must be submitted to the office of Senator D*ckhead Durbin prior to publication. DOJ and IRS will be additionally staffed to enforce the Senator’s reviews.

  • Clayton Grant

    Was anyone stupid enough ask that question when radio came along? How about television?

  • notenoughtime

    Journalism is hardly a noble profession and standards are no longer the driving factor for their reporting. Find the tweeters and bloggers are just as misinformed as “paid” journalists. After 5+ years under Pres. O, are rights are imploding on a daily basis.

    • bonnieblue2A

      Journalism stopped being a noble profession with standards back in the 1800s when Pulitzer began using “yellow journalism” to sell his papers.

  • Junie3

    An honest man would never have to worry about such.

    • in_awe

      Explain, please. Are you saying an “honest man” has no need for 1st amendment protections? Seriously?

      In an era when we now have thought police constraining our free speech (“hate” speech, rights of people not to be offended) and actions (“hate” crimes) based on someone determining for us what was in our heart or mind when we spoke or acted – I’m REALLY not interested in you or some court determining if I am an “honest man” relative to my right to free speech and privacy. Especially when “honest man” is a code word for a politically acceptable man to those in power.

      I like the way our Founding Fathers said in it the 1st Amendment, thank you very much.

      • Junie3

        Durbin’s a crook, corrupt. A honest man would not have to worry about what’s being reported.

  • Victim O Circumstance

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Whether bloggers and tweeters are members of the press matters not. The first amendment also protects freedom of speech. Also the internet can be interpreted as people peacefully assembling.

    Durbin is a dinosoar.

  • SalMoanella

    “Durbin asks if bloggers and tweeters are journalists and entitled to constitutional protection”

    Anyone who asks this question has no business what so ever being in AMERICAN politics.

    • trixiewoobeans

      The fact that that even came out of his mouth is a huge red flag.

    • Victim O Circumstance

      If he is that clueless with regards to the 1st amendment, it is easy to understand why we don’t trust him to protect the 2nd.

  • VetOnFire

    Of course Durbin wants to stop the conservative blogging.
    This admin has given a look into its hand.
    Total Threats to free speech and any opposition to their agenda.
    Democrats Assault Americans Rights

  • Markward

    George Washington weeps at what has become of the country he helped to create.

  • Ronald Green

    Is it coming time to water the tree of liberty?

    • GaryTheBrave

      Yes, yes it has.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Durbin would be appalled at the writers of The Federalist Papers and The Anti-Federalist Papers. It was because of government officials like him that the writers’ nom de plumes were A Farmer and Anonymous.

    Maybe he understands why so many Tweeters use phony names as well.

  • eeddggy

    Dick, Your parents must have had a Crystal Ball to know what you would grow up to be, and name you properly.

  • Some Rabbit

    A judge has already ruled that bloggers aren’t journalists in the classic sense. As a result, they aren’t entitled to the same Press Protections and immunity as someone working for a registered news agency (as in multi-million dollar corporation).

    Apparently that judge believes that freedom of the press only extends to those who can afford one (as in printing press).

    • Ms Anonymous

      The government can’t regulate the press or set any limits on who is a member of the press. They’re prohibited by the same constitution that judge apparently never read.

  • Independent4sure

    I’m sure this has been said before because I can’t be the only one convinced that Dick is a “Dick”. His stupidity and idiotic comments keep in in the press. I guess it works for Obama, so why not him!!!!

  • Rusty Portner

    Is this as appalling to the rest of you as it is to me? The
    idea that a sitting Senator thinks the First Amendment of the Constitution
    applies to credentialed journalist only is absolutely chilling! In the same way
    that we are all the militia of the Second Amendment (according to Madison,
    Jefferson and Jay) we are all also the press of the First Amendment. Is this
    very posting not an act of journalism, along with the many others by all of you
    reporting what the mainstream media conspicuously ignores?

    Beware any so-called “Shield Law” because it will make the
    freedom of speech and of the press something with an asterisk, differentiating
    you and me from the reporters at the AP and CNN.

  • beadstallcup

    How long has DICK been in Washington sponging off the taxpayer? ‘Bout thirty years now, I believe. Time to kick this freeloader off the wagon.

  • rennyangel2

    Durbin is another leftist drone who is worth of first amendment rights but you’re not.

  • Rich

    He does not support the 2nd so why expect him to support the 1st?

  • Guest

    Durbin uses same argument for blogger vs ‘real journalist’ that all progressives use for baby vs fetus. #HeadshakinglyStupid

  • Rusty Portner

    Is this as appalling to the rest of you as it is to me? The
    idea that a sitting Senator thinks the First Amendment of the Constitution
    applies to credentialed journalist only is absolutely chilling! In the same way
    that we are all the militia of the Second Amendment (according to Madison,
    Jefferson and Jay) we are all also the press of the First Amendment. Is this
    very posting not an act of journalism, along with the many others by all of you
    reporting what the mainstream media conspicuously ignores?

    Beware any so-called “Shield Law” because it will make the
    freedom of speech and of the press something with an asterisk, differentiating
    you and me from the reporters at the AP and CNN.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Well, his name is “Dick”, so…..’nuff said.

  • Rulz

    Vote him out!

  • Red Fred

    America, we are going to have to get these bastards out of government.

  • lcky9

    TRICKY DICKIE as he is known in IL .. by the RESIDENTS here is A horses rear to put it nicely.. I hear he’s retiring must be cause he knows he only won the last election because of a sympathy vote when his daughter died..

  • neoface

    Durbin = Liberal dirt-bag! Term limits!

  • BrainChildOfGod

    Well, he DOES belong to the party that believes the 2nd amendment only applies to muskets. So naturally by that same logic, the 1st amendment only applies to printing presses, right? #smh #dopeydick

  • Tom Chipp

    In a day where a blogger can be read by more than a journalist, the idea of the press is moot. His comment went straight to freedom of speech. Does he want freedoms to be gifted by status of citizenship? Something like the religious statuses in the Arab Nations?

  • Janice LEE

    By Durbin’s logic it was Karl Rove’s fault that the Christian Coalition was targeted for scrutiny a decade or more ago.

  • Jeffrey Olah

    Dick Durbin may be right that they aren’t true journalists but bloggers and tweeters are still protected by the 1st amendment through freedom of expression

  • Jim Youngblood

    Why dont we just get rid of that pesky 13th amendment while were at it dick

  • Charles Hammond Jr

    Freedom of the Press does not belong to just those with printing presses.
    Freedom of Speech does not belong just to those with voices.

    Both rigths belong to everyone.

  • alanstorm

    And Mr. Durbin continues to earn his first name.


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