You know who else is for this? Diane Feinstein, Senator Schumer and the #oldmedia. This is an asinine idea.
(From the Indianapolis Star)
His proposal would require professional journalists to submit an application to the Indiana State Police. Journalists would be fingerprinted as part of the process and would have to pay a $75 fee for a lifetime license. Those with felony or domestic battery convictions would be prohibited from getting a license.
The proposal is almost an exact copy of Indiana’s law requiring a license to carry a handgun, which Lucas has tried to repeal unsuccessfully for several years. A panel of lawmakers is now reviewing the idea ahead of next year’s legislative session.
Lucas, who like Trump has a penchant for stirring controversy over hot-button issues on social media, has posted the front page of a formal preliminary draft of the bill on Facebook, often garnering supportive remarks from his followers.
Lucas said he originally had the journalism licensing requirement drafted during the last legislative session, but decided then to keep it in reserve.
“I’m a year ahead of President Trump on this,” he said.
He better not be. Against Crony Capitalism would fight such an effort with extreme prejudice. The 1st Amendment is sacrosanct. As is the 2nd for that matter. The 2 complement each other.
The problem is the politicians aren’t as savvy as the current consumers of news. Or at least the leading edge of news consumers. People have a sense when The New York Times floats something that smells fishy. Or Fox News. Or The Washington Post. They call BS. And that’s the way it should be. The savvy news consumer doesn’t just trust the mouthpieces anymore. Those days are over. We don’t have a problem.
If you don’t like what’s being said, counter it.