Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Creep of Fascism As Evidenced By Recent Legal Decision Against Blogger

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Federal Judge, Marco Hernandez has recently decided that a blogger is not a journalist.  This decision came upon reflection of the Shield Law which protects journalists from having to reveal their sources. The Judge cites that a blogger if not “affiliated with any newspaper, magazine, periodical, book, pamphlet, news service, wire service, news or feature syndicate, broadcast station or network, or cable television system”, does not deserve any protections under the law.  In other words, if a writer is not working in a corporate structured media outlet, they are not entitled to any protection under the law.
Kevin Padrick, the “Defamed Attorney” in response to Crystal Cox 'Blogger-Isn't-Journalist' story, stated the following, “The real threat here is not defining media too narrowly, but defining it too broadly."  He argues that media is worth less when more people can self-identify as media. But doesn’t a broad definition result in more empowerment? More voices and diversity?

In the shadow of Citizen’s United not only has the corporate infection of our system been revealed, it has made us all too aware that we are no longer protected or represented by either the Legislative or Justical System.  As is all too apparent from watching the devilry of law invoked upon the participants of Occupy Wall Street, are we no longer judiciously deserving of our right to free assembly or even free speech?  For those of you watching from the sidelines thinking this will all fade away like so many other viruses which had infected our National structure in the past, the time has come to recognize the depths to which our National ship has sunk.

This latest case of speech being only reserved for corporate America invokes the sixth point of fascism in the list of fourteen as defined by Dr. Lawrence Britt: Controlled Mass Media – “Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.”  Startling indeed, are the other thriteen points. We have seen each one come to fruition but still, so many lay silent.
What are we to do; we people of conscience and awareness that see this nation eroding under the developing strangle hold of fascism: Lay down and watch our nation die?  Given the evidence seen of late, many have opened their minds to the reality of this corruption.  For those yet to awaken, I can only hope you do so before the slow creep of Fascism against our collective freedom takes full control and you realize too late that our system has been eroded by greed and our once, brightly burning flame of Liberty slowly extinguished.

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