To: “Badge-Carrying” Journalists
From: Mitch Berg, uppity peasant
Re: Here’s My F***ing Badge
Two whom it may etc etc,
Over the past 11 years or so, not a few journos have asked “citizen journalists” to show you their “journalist badges”.
I haven’t eaten Cracker Jacks in years, so I don’t even know how I’d get one.
But as a blogger, here’s my “badge”: In the SCOTUS case of Lovell v. Griffin (1938), Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes wrote for a unanimous Supreme Court:
“The liberty of the press is not confined to newspapers and periodicals. It necessarily embraces pamphlets and leaflets. These indeed have been historic weapons in the defense of liberty, as the pamphlets of Thomas Paine and others in our own history abundantly attest. The press in its connotation comprehends every sort of publication which affords a vehicle of information and opinion.”
Given that we uppity bloggers are the ones that actually “defend liberty”, I think that settles that.
That is all.