When authoritarians want to violate press freedoms but don't want to admit they're doing it, they use the same tactic: "oh, the people we're targeting aren't *journalists*." That's what they did to Assange, now to PV, tried it with us in both the Snowden and Brazil reporting:
NEW: Brewing battle over political video-sting artist James O’Keefe and Biden daughter’s diary is testing breadth of administration’s professed committment to free press politi.co/3FbrBX0
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The First Amendment's guarantee of a "free press" doesn't apply to a small, cloistered, credentialed, privileged group licensed as "journalists." It protects an activity that *every citizen* has the right to engage in without reprisals or punishments.

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But if you're one of those authoritarians who justifies the US Government's attack on press activity by claiming the target (Assange, O'Keefe, us in the NSA or Brazil reporting) aren't "real journalists," who determines that? What's your definition for it?
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The reason this is an authoritarian mentality -- aside from the fact that it's designed to justify state attacks on people engaged in core press freedoms -- is what they really mean is this: you're not a "real journalist" unless you're credentialed by a large media corporation.
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A few months ago, I spoke with @krystalball and @esaagar -- in the context of Democrats cheering the prosecution of Julian Assange -- about why this tactic of trying to decree who is and is not a "real journalist" is both authoritarian and ahistorical:
Gyorgy - Australian Citizen for Assange
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I should note that this POLITICO article on the Biden DOJ's targeting of Project Veritas and James O'Keefe by the always-fair @joshgerstein does a very good job of refuting the arguments offered to claim that they're not "journalists" so anything goes: politico.com/news/2021/11/13…
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Replying to @ggreenwald
The Left seems very fond of "Credentialism" as a pretext for dismissing views they don't like.
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Wait until you hear what the right does.
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Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti from Rising talked to Glenn Greenwald about the indictment against Julian Assange and why it's a threat to press freedom. You don't want to miss this. Watch the full clip here: invidious.poast.org/watch?v=RUhYgFGB…
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How would you deal with the issue of people who wear "PRESS" on their clothes at demonstrations and then engage in violence?
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Journalists aren't allowed to break the law. If a NYT reporter goes to a protest and starts using violence, they can and should be arrested. Being a journalist isn't license to violate the criminal law.
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When the 1st amendment was adopted, all news was “fake.” Didn’t become “professionalized” till the 20th century.
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