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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:07 AM
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US State Dept "disqualifies" Assange as a "journalist"...and by their definition, ALL OF FOX "NEWS!"


Pictured above: "political actor" Sean Hannity.

:rofl:

Having political objective disqualifies Assange from being considered a journalist, State Dept. says

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, December 10th, 2010 -- 3:12 pm

Who is and is not a journalist? In a hyper-connected age where anyone and everyone can become a publisher in seconds, the word's definition seems increasingly intangible and ever-evolving.

The US State Department, however, appears to have crossed that very muddy line with its criticism of secrets outlet WikiLeaks.

Speaking to reporters recently, State Dept. Assistant Secretary Philip Rowley said that the United States does not consider WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be a "journalist" or "whistleblower." He insisted that, under US law, he's to be considered a "political actor."

His criteria for reclassifying someone from protected "journalist" to a legally vulnerable "political actor": "Mr. Assange obviously has a particular political objective behind his activities, and I think that, among other things, disqualifies him as being considered a journalist," Crowley said.

Asked what Assange's political objective is, he replied: "I think hes an anarchist, but hes not a journalist."

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/state-dept-political... /
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:10 AM
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1. I can't believe a Democratic administration is pulling this stuff.
But I do think PJ Crowley is a douche bag and not a diplomat.
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:15 AM
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2. Because that a**hat "THINKS" he is not a journalist, it becomes a policy?
What?

Fasci.. uh... Frightning times we live in...
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:15 AM
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9. One that could - and should - be challenged in the courts.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:19 AM
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3. Faux news doesn't do journalism, that's no leap. n/t
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:26 AM
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4. It made me think of a Bush-era story I read about the White House...
...in which the reporter was careful to note that every TV set was tuned to Fox News, and only Fox News.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue...the nation's Jiffy Lube customer lounge.

:rofl:
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kelly1mm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:40 AM
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5. Maddow, Olberman, Hannity, O'Riely - all are opinion/entertainment
shows by their own statements on the subject.
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:51 AM
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7. And all protected under the 1st amendment. Courts have even upheld their right to lie. nt
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kelly1mm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:37 PM
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12. I agree that is the state of the law and I am fine with that. My point
was that media personalities on both the right and left have political motavations so the "haha faux is screwed" type posts fail to consider the same arguments could be used against some MSNBC personalities as well.
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:50 AM
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6. renaming continues - Torture is called enhanced interogation
sexual assault by TSA is called enhanced pat down
Molestation is called pat down

they just rename anything that is inconvenient
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:13 AM
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8. That would mean that the entire conservative media movement would
be evidence of a coup.
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:00 PM
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10. I would argue that definition disqualifies every journalist.
I don't think there is a journalist in this world who writes on political issues, they all have political objectives whether they admit it or not.
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Cid_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:06 PM
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11. HAHA .. oh wait....


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