Always desperate to silence debates they cannot win on a level playing field, Democrats (this time in the Senate) are quickly moving behind the scenes to target journalism from non-establishment (i.e., not-Democrat approved) sources, under the guise of doing something about WikiLeaks.
The amendment to the proposed new "shield law" now moving through the Senate Judiciary Committee (which also pretends to protect journalists from vindictive, lawless tyrants like Obama) would put the DOJ, of all things, in charge of deciding who is a "legitimate" journalist deserving of freedoms of the press, and who is not.
This would be the same administration that illegally seized media phone records, singled-out journalists who questioned Obama and goes out of its way to insult, exclude and undermine any media outlet that dares to report multiple sides of the story. One could hardly find a more corrupt, ultra-partisan group of fanatics to put in charge of such a tyrannical nanny state function.
Bloggers and other independent electronic media are always in the left's crosshairs because they cannot be controlled and routinely force other sides of the story out into the open (i.e., keep actual journalism alive).
Matt Drudge, the early online media pioneer who dragged the Monica Lewinsky scandal back into the spotlight after Newsweek tried to bury it (because presidential sex scandals were somehow suddenly not 'newsworthy'), rightly condemned this appalling assault on basic 1st Amendment rights as "disgusting" and "fascist."
Other non-approved media (conservative bloggers) have made a critical impact elsewhere, breaking stories such as Climate-Gate, MSNBC's repeated doctoring of photos for partisan gain, and Obama admitting that his goal was the outright destruction of the coal industry. Such urgently necessary independent media are also what drove the coverage of the Tea Party movement as it emerged, broke the NSA scandal, and regularly set the record straight against lying politicians, as when Hillary Clinton was caught pretending to have come under fire during her 1996 trip to Bosnia.
The total abandonment of journalism at this point by our corrupt, tyrant-worshiping news media has made bloggers and citizen journalists a vital part of holding government accountable and correcting non-stop leftist misinformation. Senate Democrats realize this and are deliberately trying to exclude them from the national dialogue to get them out of the way.
Update: Public outrage over this story has forced Democrats to make last-minute concessions broadening the definition of "journalist" to mean "any individual deemed appropriate by a federal judge...[or] someone employed by or in contract with a media outlet for at least one year within the last 20 years or three months within the last five years; someone with a substantial track record of freelancing in the last five years; or a student journalist," as Politico put it.
But this still ignores the fact that it is not the Federal Government's place to decide who is or isn't a "legitimate" journalist. If classified national security secrets are being released to the public, it does not matter whether it is coming from the New York Times or a freelance writer with a blog. The intent is the same and the law must be applied equally.