Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said to reporters on Tuesday that he’s pained by the question of whether bloggers’ freedom of speech is covered under the 1st Amendment:
“Who is a journalist is a question we have to ask ourselves. Is any blogger out there saying anything? Do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.”
It was a bit of verbal gaffe, because Graham later tweeted a clarification:
“Just to be clear, every blogger is entitled to constitutionally-protected Freedom of Speech.”
Graham’s statement seems to apply to bloggers who are acting as citizen journalists, and whether they should be afforded the same legal shielding that traditional media has enjoyed. He is currently promoting the drafting of a Federal “shield law” that, he said last month, is intended to protect the press from the type of government persecution recently perpetrated against Fox News and the AP by the U.S. Department of Justice.