Well, duh.

…or, Yay, consistency!

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages.

Of course bloggers and the public have First Amendment protections for such — or at least they damned well should. If they didn’t we might as well not even have the part of the First Amendment that pertains to speech. We rightly talk about how ridiculous the interpretation of the Second Amendment is that says that amendment protects the right of the states to have their respective National Guard units; well, it is every bit as ridiculous and dangerous to say that the First Amendment only protects “official” media sources — perhaps even more so.

Why is that, you ask? Well, just ask yourself — who gets to define who is or is not an “official” media source?

A consortium of Old Media sources like CBS and the New York Times? Oh hai, conflict of interest!

The government? I have one word for you: Pravda. Another word: Izvestia. (Look it up, kiddies.)

No. No, no, no. The court absolutely made the right call. Let us all hope the higher courts do the same if it goes that far.

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