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Sat Sep 21, 2013, 11:57 AM

26. Silly me, I thought the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution WAS the "shield law".

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.


http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/press

Press - noun
28.
an act of pressing; pressure.

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30.
printed publications collectively, especially newspapers and periodicals.

31.
all the media and agencies that print, broadcast, or gather and transmit news, including newspapers, newsmagazines, radio and television news bureaus, and wire services.

32.
the editorial employees, taken collectively, of these media and agencies.

33.
( often used with a plural verb ) a group of news reporters, or of news reporters and news photographers: The press are in the outer office, waiting for a statement.

34.
the consensus of the general critical commentary or the amount of coverage accorded a person, thing, or event, especially in newspapers and periodicals (often preceded by good or bad ): The play received a good press. The minister's visit got a bad press.

35.
printing press.

36.
an establishment for printing books, magazines, etc.


I believe it would be safe to assume that at the time of drafting the Bill of Rights, "the press" was understood to mean those who employed free speech to exert "pressure". I see no sub-clause or proviso in the language of the First Amendment that would indicate that Congress has the power to chose who is allowed to exert such pressure.

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