Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Majority Whip and the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate Leadership, was a guest on Fox News Sunday along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Part of the discussion surrounded having Attorney General Eric Holder investigate Holder’s own role in the DOJ’s targeting of journalists. Graham said there should be a Special Counsel appointed to investigate the matter. Durbin disagreed.
From the transcript of Durbin’s remarks:
But here is the bottom line: the media shield law, which I am prepared to support, and I know Senator Graham supports, still leaves an unanswered question which I have raised many times, what is a journalist today, 2013?
We know it’s someone who works for Fox or A.P., but does it include a blogger? Does it include someone who’s tweeting? Are these people journalists and entitled to constitutional protection?
It is obvious to me that Sen. Durbin has about as much respect for my First Amendment rights as he does for my Second Amendment rights. It really isn’t that surprising coming from a statist such as Durbin.
My response while I’m still entitled to any measure of First Amendment rights is that Dick Durbin can go straight to hell and take the rest of his ilk with him.