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Journalists Apparently Haven't Read Their Job Descriptions

[NOTE: In a link to an Aaron Walker story, I mis-linked the item on Twitter and it resolves here. The link you want is here: http://goo.gl/DlFrw. Sorry for the inconvenience.]

In two separate instances over the last day, it seems that Real Journalists don't understand the difference between reporting the news and advocacy. But you didn't need me to tell you that. In no particular order (OK, I lied, the simple one is first) I give you:

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This is Not Your Father's Political Repression

The last month has been a really volatile one for social media Conservatives. If you're reading this blog you're likely well familiar with the Neal Rauhauser / Brett Kimberline / SWATting / Lawfare issue has taken on a life of it's own. Lawsuits and appeals on all sides, new Legislative branch interest in the matter and law enforcement attention (where local law enforcement is even capable of investigating generally multi-jurisdictional crimes) are finally cresting the ridge and seeing the valley of first amendment crime below.

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Good News, In Brief [Updated]

Aaron Walker was in court with Brett Kimberlin, and despite the smell walked away with a dismissal of violation of peace order charge from the arrest after Walker's appearance in front of Judge Vaughey. Thanks ever so much to Mandy Nagy for passing along the good news. We're still trying to find out if there is any bearing on the Gag order imposed. But until then it's decent headway.

More as it becomes available.

[Update]
LegalInsurrection reports that the gag order is still in effect; I suspected as much since the arrest that was made at Vaughey's hearing didn't have any bearing on why he was arrested, so orders made there wouldn't be addressed by this hearing. Hopefully Walker's attorney is pursuing this as well.