Eyes Open Report
In an exclusive interview withBreitbart News, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) blasted the proposed “Free Flow of Information Act” that would shield only government approved journalist from subpoenas and other legal requirements to expose their confidential sources in leak investigations.
“This is a bad idea and one whose time has not come,” Sen. John Cornyn told Breitbart News. “Believe me, we will not be rolled over.”
The Free Flow of Information Act, introduced by Senators Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in September. According to Schumer there are already 60 guaranteed votes needed to pass the bill on the floor.
“If he had the votes to pass it, it already would have been passed,” Cornyn says. “This isn’t about passing legislation, this is about distracting the public’s attention and changing the subject from the failed policies of this administration. I think you could put this in that same category.”
Cornyn explained to Breitbart News that “They want to pick and choose which journalists are covered” and that bloggers could easily be ignored and subjected to subpoena while big players who work for The New York Times would be shielded.
“If there is one thing I can glean from the First Amendment, it is that government should not be in the business of licensing the news media,” Cornyn pronounced.
Cornyn holds the belief that the timing of the bill seems to be aimed at alleviating criticism of the Justice Department’s secret attainment of Associated Press phone conversations and DOJ monitoring of Fox News reporter James Rosen, reports Breitbart.
Chuck Schumer himself has struck doubt into the legitimacy of the ‘shield law’ by proclaiming that journalist Glenn Greenwald would doubtfully be shielded under the bill.
Schumer discussed the bill’s provisions and how, if it became law, it might affect journalist Glenn Greenwald, who reported on National Security Agency’s secret surveillance based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
“It’s probably not enough protections to (cover) him, but it’s better than current law,” Schumer said.
It’s no surprise that such a bill would be supported by South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham who has had no problem questioning whether or not the first amendment applies to bloggers.
“Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves,” Graham told reporters last year. “Is any blogger out there saying anything—do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.”
Graham later rebutted his statement and questions regarding the first amendment protections but those who desire their constitutional rights to free speech should be uncomfortable with Schumer and Graham’s attempt to license certain journalist’s.