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September 18, 2013

Shield Law deserves our support

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Organizations such as WikiLeaks won’t be covered, and the “Free Flow of Information Act” wouldn’t provide protection in “classified leak cases when information would prevent or mitigate an act of terrorism or harm to national security.”

So-called citizen-journalists are also excluded, which makes sense.

Why? Because for all the foibles and mistakes the legitimate news media make, what they do is a job that involves training, experience and skill — and accountability. Would you have a “citizen dentist” drill your teeth? How about a “citizen surgeon” operating on your child?

After his Justice Department obtained phone records of the Associated Press, President Barack Obama realized things have gotten out of control. He supports the bill.

Congress should, too.

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