The FoxNews.com reporter who broke the exclusive story about a notebook that Colorado shooter James Holmes sent to his psychiatrist, then refused to reveal her sources under threat of jail, was ordered to return to the Aurora courtroom April 10, in a case experts say has chilling ramifications for the First Amendment.Wrong. It has absolutely no ramifications for the 1st Amendment. Reporters are not a special class of people, and the freedom of the press belongs as much to me, a blogger--the political descendent of Thomas Paine and other pamphleteers--as it does to a reporter who works for FoxNews.
If you (wrongly) argue that keeping sources secret is necessary to a free press, then I ask, doesn't taxation limit the free press? After all, if news companies must pay corporate taxes and property taxes and all the rest, isn't that an infringement on the freedom of press?
The answer is, of course, self-evidently, no. But that doesn't keep the reporters from pushing the issue, and making fools of themselves in the process.
Rot in jail, kid.