Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) says "[B]loggers 'probably not' considered journalists."
Come on, is there seriously any reason for this nonsense? Lugar's new bill would give special "privilege" to reporters over other Americans. Why? Do they provide a useful service for Americans free of charge while contributing further by working a real job? No, that's what bloggers do. Journalists and reporters are only in the business for fame and fortune, to get their names on awards for supposed "excellence." The only thing excellent about most reporters is that they fail so spectacularly at their jobs. Well, that's not excellent, it's just sad and pathetic. They go to school for four-plus years at fine institutions like Columbia's School of Journalism and then can't even have the decency to fairly report the news. But that's alright, the bloggers are bringing up the rear, picking up the real stories that should make headlines but instead get tossed aside for headlines like "New Orleans Casino Back in Action." That's great, meanwhile there are real stories being compromised by "fake" journalists with no incentive to cover the stories but the satisfaction of a job well done.