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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Court Confirms Rights for Bloggers

The Politics and Technology Blog (an excellent blog published by Kari Chisolm of Blue Oregon) reports that a California appeals court has ruled that bloggers do indeed have the same rights as "traditional" print and broadcast journalists, including the California shield law which prevents journalists from being forced to disclose their sources.

This should be a shot in the arm to blogs which provide a much necessary service of presenting often raw and unfiltered news from the streets and often have the same or even better access to newsmakers than traditional media. Know that bloggers won't be forced to reveal sources, confidential informants can rest assured passing on important information that needs to see the light of sunshine.

And the blogger is really no different than the journalist of the early days of printing, when anyone who could get a hold of a press could get their ideas and information out to the masses. Thanks to modern technology, important details can get out to the public without censorship by a corporate media hierarchy and without anywhere near the capital investment one would need to make to come even close to starting a newspaper, radio station, television network, etc.

We've learned here the blogging world isn't always pretty and doesn't always get it right. Neither does the elite media. Blogging is just yet another tool for citizens to exercise in our quest for democracy.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But blogs are so filled with lies and misinformation. Or is it just ours? I doubt it..

July 22, 2006 2:14 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Good for the court! That is a logical ruling.

Now, where do I get my "press" pass? I've been using the Three Stooges method, where you take the knobs off a machine. You remember the visual: the first two stooges flash knobs that say "press," and the third one's knob says "pull."

The Stooges... Good times...

July 22, 2006 8:49 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

P.S. to 2:14: And you think newspapers AREN'T?!!

July 22, 2006 8:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"confidential informants can rest assured passing on important information that needs to see the light of sunshine."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Tell that to Glenn Johnson, who emailed a news tip to Mayor Sam's email address and got back an email from Jim Alger's campaign chief of staff asking him to keep it quiet.

July 22, 2006 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:14

It's just you. Face it.
You are a liar!

July 22, 2006 1:27 PM  

Anonymous 2:14 said:

Walter, I certainly don't believe everything I read in a newspaper HOWEVER - you must admit that there standards are a lot stricter than a blog. Anybody can post anything to a blog without verification. Newspapers aren't anonymous.

To the last poster - I've been called a lot of things in my life but I've only been called a liar once. And that was on the front page of the Daily News by a council member.

July 22, 2006 1:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

P.S. I rarely make spelling or grammatical errors and always make fun of all of you when you do, so feel free to correct my use of the word there instead of their.

And Walter, don't tell too many people about that Stooges thing.

July 22, 2006 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A RIDDLE?

"To the last poster - I've been called a lot of things in my life but I've only been called a liar once. And that was on the front page of the Daily News by a council member."

WHO IS THIS?

July 22, 2006 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lisa Van Proyen

July 22, 2006 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seriously, if I wanted you to know my name--I wouldn't have posted anonymously.

So I'll be Lisa.

July 22, 2006 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

who cares

July 22, 2006 7:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mitchell = Glenn Johnson...spilled the beans once

July 22, 2006 7:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:13/

the person who asked the question?

July 23, 2006 3:38 AM  

Blogger Kari Chisholm said:

Hey - thanks for the notice! Interesting world we're moving into, eh?

(FYI - my last name has two H's in it... Chisholm. No worries!)

July 25, 2006 2:43 PM  

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