Senator Bruce Patterson may not be running for re-election this year because he’s term-limited, but he says he’s got a major concern as his time in office winds down.
Senator Bruce Patterson wants to wants to license reporters to ensure they’re credible and vet them for “good moral character.”
This legislation will regulate journalists much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers. Patterson says that with the increasing number of media outlets especially with online and citizen generated content that there is a greater amount of misinformation.
“Legitimate media sources are critically important to our government,” he said.
He told FoxNews.com that some reporters covering state politics don’t know what they’re talking about and they’re working for publications he’s never heard of, so he wants to install a process that’ll help him and the general public figure out which reporters to trust.
“We have to be able to get good information,” he said. “We have to be able to rely on the source and to understand the credentials of the source.”
With more and more politicians personal lives and wrong doings being uncovered, Patterson may be concerned with his image and how it is portrayed or is it that he truly cares about the credibility of the content being reported. Critics say the proposed law will stem press freedoms. They say that adding members of the so-called fourth estate to the list of government regulated occupations would likely be found unconstitutional.