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Should congress -- -- shield law where journalists what's your take.
Well yes absolutely it's desperately needed and it has been needed for some time.
But now we have the amazing case at my former colleague from the New York Times James Rosen.
Who faces jail for refusing to testify.
Against a source of alleged source in a criminal espionage case.
He may go to jail because we don't have a media shield law.
Why don't we hound -- after all this time we can say well when I went to jail in 2005.
I came out food determination and I hope to get it and making me if -- a lot of highly thought that was a time only to see that I thought that was gonna happen then and in fact I worked with Mike Pence -- -- -- in the house who comes from -- publishing family.
He drafted a very tough flaw I worked with people on the senate side to make sure that.
A definitions -- journalists were acceptable to walk our community in their community.
We got legislation through the house and then.
Wiki leaks happened.
And we knew at that point the minute the WikiLeaks disclosures started that the legislation was dead now.
President Obama who promised when he was candidate Obama.
That he would support a media shield law.
And then proceeded to let the legislation be guidance and it was useless he's now said I'm going to get.
My administration behind this measure again so where we're trying yet again there are we really at this point.
Well -- -- on the ground for once again we're at the ground floor once again we're out who left if there really serious about this.
That's that would be a good sign that perhaps we're going to get some legislation but what kind of legislation -- going to get.
How great as a protection for journalists going to -- or will the measures be skewed in favor of national security that's the problem.
Issues like how do you -- a journalist is a blogger -- journalist is someone who doesn't -- money -- -- Very influential -- -- a journalist he have to do it full time.
Those are the kind of definitional issues that the trendy young at one -- the balancing test the -- leaning governments need to protect.
Sensitive national security.
Information and our need to protect our sources where is the balance -- and who decides.
And these issues are going to be really battled out on the floor of the house and senate and the committees I'm not confident.
Given the -- polarization.
And also the extreme sensitivity about information it needs to be covered the ability to even talk about it openly that we can get.
Good legislation passed at this at this time I'm hopeful.
Thought I was hopeful before and here -- and the thought I you've been through the fire -- national coming.
What we were really hopeful at that time and -- -- out.
We mention -- if you bloggers freedom -- the -- social media does not my daughters and I totally changed yet I mean.
If you can't say look at how many stories have been broken by bloggers.
Glenn Greenwald he is a columnist at the guardian he is not a classical journalist and has an opinion.
It's now considered okay in this country.
In journalism in our profession to have opinions and be on the air as journalists that wasn't.
True twenty years ago when you were supposed to be neutral and Walter Cronkite was telling us.
-- the way it is nobody believes that anymore.
So I think that.
I favor -- I call a kind of practical standards and that is if it walks like a duck and quacks like adapt it to him if this is what you do and you want to get to the truth and you have a regular outlet where you publish information area on the air on the Internet.
Even if you don't earn money or most of your -- from that you should be covered.
But that means that a great many people.
More people we'll have exemptions and be covered by -- these protections then would have been the case ten years ago so it's.
It's a difficult balance I have to hear different about -- very different or you -- -- very much so thank you very much and that's all we can catch you on FOX News Watch every weekend and is host my Jon Scott 2:30 PM on Saturdays and 330 on Sundays.
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