‘Brilliant, must-read’: Glenn Reynolds Insta-schools Dick Durbin on who is a ‘real journalist’


Instapundit Glenn Reynolds has a fantastic column up at The New York Post today.



Heh. As Twitchy reported, Sen. Dick Durbin recently told bloggers they need not apply for the same protections as journalists. He repeated that jackassery last week in the Chicago Sun-Times. “Just bloggers” aren’t “real journalists,” you see. He blathered on with such astute insight as a “real journalist” would get a paycheck from a media organization.

The Constitution is selective, apparently. Sen. Durbin believes that he gets to decide who is worthy enough for constitutional protection. Frightening.


Glenn Reynolds gave him the business gloriously. Here is just a taste from his excellent column:

The ability to publish inexpensively, and to reach potentially millions of people in seconds, has made it possible for people who’d never be able to — or even want to — be hired by the institutional press to nonetheless publish and influence the world, much like 18th century pamphleteers.

Durbin’s pontifications about who’s entitled to press freedom were uttered in the course of promoting a federal “shield law” that would allow those “real” journalists to conceal their sources. I oppose such laws in general, but to the extent that they exist, they should protect everyone who’s doing journalism, regardless of where their paycheck comes from.

I wouldn’t trust Durbin (or most of his Senate colleagues) to baby-sit my kid. I certainly don’t trust them to decide who counts as a “real” journalist — and, more importantly, who doesn’t.

Bam. Reynolds offered up recent examples of huge scoops that did not come from what Sen. Durbin would call “real journalists.” Bingo! Twitchy has said this before and we’ll say it again:

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 donutslame photo montage jokes or a “charm offensive,” can they?

Reynolds also called out Durbin for being a constitutional ignoramus. Of course, Durbin has spent far too much time in the Better Than You beltway bubble.

Twitter users rightly heaped on the praise:









Brilliant indeed. Read the whole thing.

If anyone is in dire need of an Insta-schooling, it is Sen. Durbin.


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  • ObamaFail

    What Dick Durbin meant is, “We don’t like people who don’t work for studios that can easily be bought by rich liberals and can be easily swayed to bow to our agenda.”

    • Red Fred


  • TDS

    Freedom of the Press was put in place as yet another way of trying to keep the government in check.
    Allowing that same government to decide how to apply it would kind of defeat the whole purpose, don’tchathink?

    • The Penguin

      It does. It Is. It sucks.

  • 3seven77

    Remember which “press” it was that broke story on the John Edwards/Reille Hunter affair? The National Enquirer. This was only after the mainstream media decided there was “no story there”. I’ll bet Durbin doesn’t consider the investigators who draw paychecks from the National Enquirer “journalists” either.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/JayJay3Fifty7 JJ357

      Interesting, I did not know that.

  • Thale Taxurfeet

    ““Just bloggers” aren’t “real journalists,””

    I’d venture to guess that a certain Mrs. Silence Dogood would beg to differ. Right up side Dick’s turban if necessary.

    • ThomasCollins1

      Would that be Ben Franklin?

      • Thale Taxurfeet

        That’s the rumor.

  • mickeyco

    Another brilliant idea from a permanent IL Democratic office holder. Makes us so proud.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Make that “IL Dumbascrap” office holder.

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Vote Durbin OUT!

    • Clete Torres

      Didn’t I hear where the dick, Durbin, said he was retiring at the end of this term? Or was I hallucinating again?

  • disqus_eric

    Dick “Dick” Durbin says… Oh, who the hell cares what he says!?!

  • NixTyranny

    The same Dick (Durbin) who said if people didn’t start buying hybrid cars we could expect more killer tornadoes.

  • Clete Torres

    The dick, Durbin, has been an embarrassment not only to Hellinois, but to the entire nation from the day he was first elected.
    Of course, what would one expect from voters in a state that has the worst public pension problems in the nation?

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    “to nonetheless publish and influence the world, much like 18th century pamphleteers.”

    Like Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, and those incendiary Adams boys?

    • Thale Taxurfeet

      Indeed, just like that Silence Dogood woman I mentioned.

      They say history repeats.

      • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

        Hmm, yes, although to split a hair, I thought “her” work was published as sort of “letters to the editor” in “her” brother’s newspaper, rather than independant pamphlets. I suppose the same principle applies, in either case.

        • Thale Taxurfeet

          “I suppose the same principle applies, in either case.”

          Yup. At least IMHO, but what do I know? I’m not a journolista, nor a Senator.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Excellent article.

  • disqus_glB3YKQ95H

    I agree with Glenn Reynolds and strongly disagree with Dick Durbin. In addition, I would offer a criticism of many of Durbin’s “legitimate journalists” that they are not journalists at all – they do no research, no investigation, no critical thinking, and just copy the daily talking points.

  • Love of Country

    Democrats must control the ‘free’ press and black people just in order to survive as a national Party.


  • anjullyn

    Remember, Durbin’s the guy who called our military nazis. He’s a real dick, and I remind him of that frequently.

  • http://drudge.com snyper77

    His first name suits him well.

  • $30756787

    How about Durbin define what he and his stooges define as a public servant? Most of what they do is in private. And they long ago quit being servants.

  • DrSamHerman

    Glenn hit the nail on the head. Journalism is an activity–not a profession. A profession has certain immunities built into it because of the confidential nature of its practice, e.g. healthcare professionals with patients, attorneys with clients, pastors and clergy with their adherents. Professions are also highly regulated in most cases precisely to manage the risk of harm to the public and to assure the training, experiential and ethical components are constantly enforced. Can anyone say they believe a journalist has any ethics? And that Dick Durbin should be telling us what ethics are? The thought of that alone makes me nauseous.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Ol’ Dick lyin’ sack’o’Durbin just can’t stand it when anybody writes or tells the truth about him and his corrupt fellow Dembecile cronies. Unfortunately the low infObamuh low cognition voterbots in Illannoy will probably re-elect him in 2014.

  • peteee363

    the constitution does not grant the press freedom, it prevents the government from taking away that freedom!

  • TBDoc

    The First Amendment protects strippers, but not blogger?

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      It protects all kinds of Perverts and Sexual deviants…. ‘Nuff said. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Durbin ran out of feet to put in his mouth, so he’s using the one on General Santa Ana’s prosthetic Leg…Do I have to be a Flaming Liberal, Go to Columbia, get a Degree in Journalism, AND join some kind of perverse, exclusive club to be a journolist? The computer on my desk says, “HELL NO!” Jawamax 8<{D}

  • HWGood

    Going from “the legitimate media” to “the government accepted legitimate media” would be a very small step. And it’s one that right now many in the left stream media would love to take.
    Up until the tyranny was fully imposed and started to do things they question. Then they’d wonder why they were at the wall along with the other enemies of the state.

  • ThomasCollins1

    What more is there to being a “rel journalist” than not having to give up your sources? Is that all there is to it? Otherwise, why would anyone care?

  • Brad Vacek

    Durbin’s distinction is irrelevant anyway.

    Amendment I

    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.

    I see nothing that gives the ‘press’ any special rights that don’t belong to any citizen.

  • TocksNedlog

    Liberal fascism

  • lcky9

    I find it STRANGE that BOTH of my senators have had something happen to either THEM or a LOVED one and yet they are BOTH as ignorant as a box of rocks.. apparently they don’t believe in looking at the signs of what their higher power is trying to tell them..

  • Axelgreaser

    DICK DURBIN…gag me with a spoon! When will the decades of these miserable communist Socialists end!? You want to listen to ANYTHING Dick Durbin has to say? Look at the MESS Illinois is in!

  • syvyn11

    Is all this a slam against Michelle Malkin? “Just a Blogger” indeed. But the bloggers are schooling the MSM.

  • alanstorm

    “Dick” Durbin – earning his name since – well, way too long.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/JayJay3Fifty7 JJ357

    I see the liberterds are attacking the freedom of the press, yet again.

  • nochickenlady

    “journalist” shield law would only serve to dilute the 1st amendment. We have the right to a free press and freedom of speech. End of discussion.