What a Waste of Time and Taxpayer Resources

Bruce Patterson, a Republican state senator in Michigan, said that the critical role of journalists in promoting democracy demands that they be held to certain standards, including the possession of “good moral character,” and has introduced a bill seeking to have them licensed.

According to Fox News, reporters seeking accreditation under Mr. Patterson’s bill would need the following attributes:

– “Good moral character” and demonstrate they have industry “ethics standards acceptable to the board.”  [Who’s on the board?  Who sets the standards?]

– Possession of a degree in journalism or other degree substantially equivalent.  [Most college journalism programs are liberal laced propaganda mills so why would a Republican want this?]

– Not less than 3 years experience as a reporter or any other relevant background information. [Talk about an infinite loop – you can’t practice without a license so you’ll never get your 3 years.  How stupid?]

– Awards or recognition related to being a reporter. [Awarding organizations are set up to make money for the awarder.]

– Three or more writing samples.  [Who’s going to evaluate or judge the samples?  What criteria?]

According to Fox News, Mr. Patterson has no expectation that it will go anywhere.  He said he wants to provoke discussion on the quality of reporting.

Just to let you know that I’m not a party ideologue, Mr. Patterson, why are you wasting time and taxpayer resources on this? 

Doesn’t your state have a record-setting unemployment rate?  Don’t you already have major budget problems?  Maybe you should go back to your suburb and let the state legislature do some serious work.

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