Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Key conservative presses for shield law after seizure of NYT reporter’s records

Posted by M. C. on June 15, 2018

“Anybody who has a liberal or libertarian bone in their body is afraid of Big Brother run amok during this period,” Raskin told The Hill. “It’s getting a little 1984ish out there.”

A little?

If Raskin is just picking up on the 1984 thing now, he is “a little” out of touch.


The Justice Department’s seizure of a New York Times reporter’s private email and phone records has sparked one of President Trump’s top GOP allies in Congress to say he’ll aggressively pursue legislation to protect journalists.

Freedom Caucus leader Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a possible candidate for Speaker, said the need for a federal media “shield” law is even more critical after the taking of reporter Ali Watkins’ records.

The shield law he’s proposed would protect journalists from being forced by the government to turn over their records or sources, and is similar to a bill that had been co-authored by Vice President Mike Pence.

“For me, it truly is about the Constitution,” Jordan, a former attorney, told The Hill in an interview…

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