Bloggers in federal shield law headed to Senate floor

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent to the Senate floor a version of the Free Flow of Information Act that appears to include bloggers.

Briefly stated, a shield law protects journalists from having to disclose sources to prosecutors unless certain requirements are met. One of the battles to date is who would be protected […]

Blog etiquette rant

In the scheme of life, the universe and everything, it’s no big deal. But it does kind of piss me off so you’ll have to forgive this rant as I vent a bit.

When I post a bunch of links in Weekend Edition or Friday Follies, I use “Via” to link to whomever led me […]

Buy Books for the Holidays

I’m one of those who always rants about how early Christmas stuff shows up each year. So it may be somewhat hypocritical for me to join a new book blogger effort called Buy Books for the Holidays. But I think there’s excellent reasons for doing so.

First, it’s something I’ve been doing for many years. […]

Bloggers back in Senate shield law proposal

You may recall I posted last month about how a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee amendment to legislation creating a federal “reporters privilege” appeared to require that a person work for the mainstream media, thereby excluding most bloggers. Now it appears the committee will do a near complete reversal.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D.-N.Y.) and Arlen Specter […]

Amendment to shield law bill protects only MSM bloggers

Both houses of Congress are still considering legislation to create a federal “reporters privilege,” legislation that took different approaches for bloggers. At bottom, the difference was whether someone had to earn an income from blogging to be protected by the law. Now, an amendment in the Senate Judiciary Committee would not only abandon the Senate’s […]

Sexism and the SD blogosphere

Not a hat tip, but a full bow to Cory at Madville Times for speaking up and saying what many of us progressive/liberal/any stripe bloggers thought: what in the hell is it with “Today’s Babe” at Todd Epp’s blog? I know that, at least historically, Buddhism has been viewed as sexist but I wasn’t aware […]