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Monday, May 31, 2010

Joe the Journalist: Should States License Reporters?

By Rick Pearcey • May 31, 2010, 02:50 PM

First came "Joe the Plumber." Now comes "Joe the Journalist."

That is, if Republican state senator Bruce Patterson of Michigan has his way. You see, "Bruce the State Senator" seems to think state-licensed journalists is a grand idea. 

"He is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers," reports FoxNews.com.

"Real journalists have always resisted being licensed," writes Jack Lessenberry.

On the other hand, projecting into the future, a kind of "Ministry of Truth" at local, state, and national levels may pay very well to help save the world from whatever distracts or threatens state power.

On the other other hand, as a counter offer, Glenn Reynolds wonders: "How about requiring that all sitting legislators pass a test on the constitution? And maybe an IQ test, too."

"Now that's a bill I could get behind," concludes Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters.

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