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Matt Drudge calls Dianne Feinstein a 'fascist' for narrowing the definition of a journalist

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Matt Drudge called Sen. Dianne Feinstein a fascist after the California Democrat suggested that only "professional" journalists deserved protection under a new media shield law.

"I can't support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I'm not going to go there," Feinstein said during Thursday's hearing.

Drudge reacted to Feinstein's comments on Twitter after stories of the media shield law were highlighted on his Drudge Report website.

"Comments from Sen. Feinstein yesterday on who's a reporter were disgusting," he wrote, adding that a "17-year old 'blogger' is as important as Wolf Blitzer."

"Fascist!" he added.

The bill on the Senate floor will cover journalists who have an “employment relationship” with a news outlet.

Drudge pointed out that a federal judge once ruled that he was "not a reporter, a journalist, or a newsgatherer."

"Millions of readers a day come for cooking recipes??!" he asked incredulously.

"Gov't declaring who qualifies for freedom of press in digital age is ridiculous!" Drudge added. "It belongs to anyone for any reason. No amendment necessary."

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