Shafer: Shaw needs to research First Amendment history

Jack Shafer spanks David Shaw for saying bloggers don’t deserve the same constitutional protections as traditional print and broadcast journalists. Shafer writes: “I suggest that he … research the history of the First Amendment. [He'll] learn that the Founders wrote it precisely to protect Tom, Dick, and Matt, and the wide-eyed pamphleteers and the partisan press of the time. The professional press, which Shaw believes so essential in protecting society, didn’t even exist until the late 19th century.”
> “Shaw didn’t check far enough into that the increasingly empty term ‘blogger’ to find the more relevant category for his column’s purposes, which is the stand alone journalist, as Chris Nolan puts it,” writes Jay Rosen. “Are bloggers journalists? the question Shaw wants to ask, is a tired one for all involved.” (PressThink)

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