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"Anyone with a Web site or a newsletter may one day gain access to a list that has been hidden from the public for years."
"And if that happens, it could change the way Ohio labels journalists and how people who report and gather the news do their jobs."
"A request last week by a gun-rights group to see concealed-carry permits has sparked debate about the muddy definition of a journalist in Ohio. Under state law, only journalists may view those permits. Jeff Garvas, the president of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, said his Web site and newsletter gave him proper credentials to see the list, and he asked county sheriffs for the lists to do a statistical analysis on the 60,000 permit holders." ...
|Perhaps we should start "registering" those who claim to be "journalists". Then we could have a 24/48/72-hour "cooling off period" between the time they apply for the information, and the time they can use it in a story.
After all, we all know that authors of the First Amendment never envisioned items like TV, Radio, or the Internet, so it shouldn't apply to these. (sarcasm off)
p.s.: you guys know why they call it a "medium"? Because it's neither "rare" nor "well done".