Senator Bruce Patterson is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers. Patterson, who also practices constitutional law, says that the general public is being overwhelmed by an increasing number of media outlets–traditional, online and citizen generated–and an even greater amount misinformation.
“Legitimate media sources are critically important to our government,” he said.
“What’s the definition of a reporter? I haven’t been able to find out? What’s a reporter? What’s a journalist?” Patterson said. “I thought you had to have a degree in journalism but apparently not. I could retire and be a journalist.”
A “reporter” is “somebody who reports”. Easy enough? What’s a constitutional lawyer? Somebody who takes his personal grooming cues from the banker in the Monopoly game? Somebody who passes as a “free market champion” in the southwestern fringes of Wayne County? Somebody who thinks the legislative process is a joke to be used to “get the media’s attention”?
To help publicize his concerns, Patterson introduced Senate Bill 1285, which would require newspaper customers to pay a deposit on each newspaper they purchase equal to one-half the retail price of the newspaper.
Patterson admits this was a ruse to get the media’s attention and he doesn’t plan to proceed with the bill.
The good news is that this fool is term-limited after this year. The bad news is that he wanted to be state attorney general. That’s right, the dimbulb who hasn’t heard of the 1st Amendment wanted to be Michigan’s chief lawyer (but thankfully suspended his campaign 10/29/09) . At least he gets the 2nd Amendment, and the 10th; I need to give him his props, even if he doesn’t get The Big Picture.
One can see what he thinks of alternative media by how he treats Project Vote Smart:
Senator Bruce Patterson REPEATEDLY REFUSED TO PROVIDE ANY RESPONSES TO CITIZENS ON ISSUES THROUGH THE 2006 NATIONAL POLITICAL AWARENESS TEST WHEN ASKED TO DO SO BY Key national leaders of both major parties…
And apparently he has other personal issues as well…
The text of SB 1323 is here.