Shield laws trump EEEEEEEVERYTHING!
Well, maybe that’s just because they’ve read Gizmodo before.
Ha-ha! Ahhh… the Macalope kids Gizmodo because they have no journalistic integrity.
OK, look, the horny one is not a lawyer — neither is Kim (he’s actually a doctor) or ZDNet’s Sam Diaz — but he’ll weigh in on this under the legal precedent of “they started it” (see the case of George “Spanky” McFarland vs. Tommy “Butch” Bond, 1932).
Perhaps the police didn’t note that Chen was a journalist… because it doesn’t matter. Diaz raises this possibility but still goes on for a thousand words about how journalists need protections. Journalists do not need protections from breaking the law. No one does.
The Macalope had previously stipulated the point that it seems unnecessary for the police to have busted Chen’s door down. But now we know that the other half of this equation — the goofballs who were shopping the phone around the more sleazy elements of the supposedly irreproachable journalistic world — ran from police and attempted to hide the evidence of their malfeasance. The police had reasonable cause to suspect there was something going on here that the parties involved with had a desire to cover up and may have felt Chen would do the same.
The brown and furry one knows any number of real journalists and when he described the situation to one who was previously unfamiliar with it, she listened patiently and then openly gasped when he told her Gizmodo paid for the phone. Real journalists to do not pay their sources for information, let alone traffic with them in misappropriated property. The Macalope does not understand the knee-jerk effort by more respectable elements of the journalist community to come to the aid of Gizmodo in this case.
Again: not a lawyer. This is just the opinion of this mythical beast, which is worth little more than the pixels it’s displayed with.