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sentiment May 16th, 2017 4:03am

In Texas, almost every professional has to get a license were lives can get affected. Engineers, doctors, realtors, heck even barbers. Should this be applicable to journalists/reporters? They can write non factual report and there is no consequence​s

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05/16/17 3:27 pm

The is a consequence, libel.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/16/17 3:00 pm

In theory, I guess maybe sorta but in reality, absolutely not.

HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
05/16/17 1:28 pm

Great idea
No methods to make it fair and thereby useful.

bringstheeagle Colorado
05/16/17 7:21 am

What?????! Texas don't expect professionals to police themselves??? Shocking isn't that an interference with their personal freedom? Not to mention free enterprise. Those blasted Texans - who do they think they are anyway? 😎

sentiment Texas
05/16/17 7:46 am

So does the rest of the 49 states. Man, people should stop bitching for once!

05/16/17 7:07 am

I despise reporters that spread fake news (i.e. Don lemon) but freedom of the press stands in the way of any such requirement.

sentiment Texas
05/16/17 7:49 am

Again, this is not a political poll, it has nothing to do with whom you find accurate. It is to do with bringing some legitimacy to free speech.

pietsch Another Adoring Fan
05/16/17 6:00 am

Who would issue this license? This corrupt government and its even more corrupt bureaucracy?

sentiment Texas
05/16/17 7:42 am

Government does not constitute any board of professionals. The board is definitely brought in because of a legislation. Why is it needed, here is one example why:

"The Engineering Registration Act (Article 3271a, V.A.T.S.) was enacted as the result of a tragic school explosion at New London, Texas, in 1937. In response to concerns that the public could not identify who was qualified to practice engineering, the 45th Texas Legislature passed the Act as emergency legislation and it became law when signed by the Governor on May 28, 1937. The 59th Texas Legislature rewrote the original Registration Act. This Act became law on August 30, 1965, and was called the "Texas Engineering Practice Act."

shygal47 Florida east coast
05/16/17 5:41 am

Journalism is the first and last bastion against tyranny.

commonsense America isnt racist
05/16/17 6:51 am

Doctors are more important and yet they need a license.....hmm

05/16/17 7:08 am

Doctors aren't protected (to some extent) by the constitution.

commonsense America isnt racist
05/16/17 7:36 am

And? It doesn't make journalists above society. Because they are such an important part of the country, shouldn't they be held more accountable than us lowly doctors and lawyers?

shygal47 Florida east coast
05/16/17 12:44 pm

How does the saying go? ... I may hate what you are saying, but I will defend to death your right to say it.

commonsense America isnt racist
05/16/17 12:46 pm

For freedom of speech not a profession.

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/16/17 4:15 am

Are you kidding? I just hope to God or whatever forces that be that you are joking?

sentiment Texas
05/16/17 7:41 am

Nope, every person need to be held to a professional standard.

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/16/17 12:01 pm

I can't believe you admit it. Free speech wether or not you agree with it, or are too stupid to think for yourself, is the highest standard we uphold because it is a Right not a government regulated and granted privilege.
We don't need more trolls.

sentiment Texas
05/16/17 2:08 pm

Again, the boards are not government regulated, they are member regulated. Also, calling somebody stupid/moron just shows how much you understand the issue here. I have a good vocabulary of expletives too, but I don't want to stoop to your level to prove my point.

You have to show reason before rage!

Mackinaw Wolverine State, est.1837
05/16/17 1:23 am

No, it shouldn't be applicable to anybody. Licenses are a way for the state to extort money from people by taking away their rights and selling them back to them.

sentiment Texas
05/15/17 9:35 pm

This poll is not political at all, it is about being held liable to be honest and not cause disservice. As an engineer, we get finger printed, we get background checked just to be sure we don't build something with malice. The same does not apply to people who's job is to report truth and cite references. So many times people complaint their words were twisted to sensationalize the news.

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
05/15/17 9:13 pm

Florida has the department of professional regulation. I don't believe journalists are regulated by them. It would be a good thing if when a journalist knowingly lied, they would be barred from the profession!

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
05/15/17 9:36 pm

Absolutely! Look at Dan Rather pretending to be respectable!

05/15/17 9:10 pm

There's an old saying, don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you read; stupid. Grow up.

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
05/15/17 9:17 pm

Deist, are you advocating "Buyer Beware" when it comes to the news media? What a sad state of affairs that is'

sentiment Texas
05/15/17 9:19 pm

You can't save democracy, by misleading the masses. Also, calling someone stupid does not make you intelligent.

sentiment Texas
05/15/17 9:24 pm


05/15/17 9:30 pm

The news sucks , cuz they don't tell me what I wanna hear, lol

DoctorWasdarb Decolonize
05/16/17 3:52 am

You can't save a democracy controlled by the bourgeoisie 😉

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/16/17 4:20 am

Journalists have been lying since day one in this country. They lie. You are stupid to believe them. It's not the journalists fault they are surrounded by idiots.

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/16/17 4:21 am

Our country is a republic and it doesn't need morons trying to save it.

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
05/16/17 6:55 am

Doctor W, now you Commies don't like Democracy controlled by the middle Class? When you use big words, make sure that you know what the hell they mean! Liberals really love to pretend that they know more than the rest of us!

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
05/16/17 7:01 am

Kspells, unfortunately journalism is a profession that can be besmirched by a few bad apples. When they show their readers disrespect by lying to them, you get a situation where their newspaper is valued most for lining bird cages.

sentiment Texas
05/16/17 7:30 am

All, I am saying is when they write a Report, they write with their license number below it. They have to cite references like you have to do in every publication. That way the readers know it is a legit source. Also, they will have to publish corrections if found inaccurate or challenged by the board. If they fail to do so, then they are risking losing their license.

If they don't have a license they can still write and publish, but readers know it cannot be trusted as a legit reporting. This was free speech is not infringed.

sentiment Texas
05/16/17 7:32 am

Btw ... This is how every board works across the Nation. The board comprises of fellow license members, volunteered and elected within the board members.

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
05/16/17 9:46 am

Every legitimate board has the accredited individual sign and adhere to an ethical code of conduct. It is high time that the trusted media earns that trust, instead of behaving like used car salesmen!

DoctorWasdarb Decolonize
05/16/17 11:21 am

The bourgeoisie is the upper class. Bankers, business men, etc. No, communists have never liked when the government is controlled by these people.

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/16/17 12:03 pm

I can't believe you admit it. Free speech wether or not you agree with it, or are too stupid to think for yourself, is the highest standard we uphold because it is a Right not a government regulated and granted privilege to be taken away.

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
05/16/17 1:56 pm

Dr W, bourgeoisie: the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.
(in Marxist contexts) the capitalist class who own most of society's wealth and means of production. As you may know, the folks most screwed by Obama!

DoctorWasdarb Decolonize
05/16/17 3:08 pm

The bourgeoisie was the middle class in late feudal French society, but nowadays with the fall of the feudal system, the bourgeoisie have become the ruling class. Obama did not hurt them, he helped them immensely.

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
05/16/17 4:33 pm

Hahaha. Lol. Yeah, like he reduced the population of South Chicago via lead poisoning. The only country benefiting from Obama being here is Kenya!