BREAKING: Following Negative Stories, Jackson Township Councilman Proposes Licensing Journalists

A Jackson Township councilman is calling for journalists to be licensed after several stories were written recently which questioned his motive for a new ordinance which would have financially benefited his family’s tree cutting company.

“Maybe we should license journalists, Stephen M. Chisholm, Jr., a self-described conservative, asked at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

“I heard somebody come up with that idea recently. it is probably a good idea,” he continued.

“We license nail salons – which one causes more harm today? Journalists or nail salons? I think you know the answer to that,” he added.

Stephen Chisholm Jr. was appointed in June 2020 to fill a seat on the five-member governing body that opened when Barry Calogero resigned that May.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Firstly, I don’t think that will stand up to legal test (great way for Jackson Township to rack up more legal bills and high dollar settlements).
    Secondly, say you were to regulate journalists within Jackson Township, that would only affect journalists who live work and publish in Jackson Township.
    A journalist in Westgate for example, would be able to write anything they wanted (within the confines of what is constitutionally protected for journalists).
    So in short, this does just seem to be an example of a corrupt small town, official lashing out after being called out.

      • That hasn’t stopped Jackson township in the past from illegally barring Jewish institutions specifically from building.
        There seems to be an element here in the comments that is choosing to pretend this clown would never even think of trying anything to ever shut down journalists.
        We know that politicians who were corrupt enough have resorted to all sorts of methods to quiet dissent.
        He seems at a minimum to not know how to stay away from “the appearance of impropriety” which is the standard elected officials, the judiciary, law enforcement, and the civil bureaucracy are supposed to hold themselves to.
        He may not actually be corrupt, or he may be Tammany Hall level corrupt. That is not something we can know without investigations which are too costly and intrusive to have mandatory for every two bit politician and bureaucrat, which is why we allow any person with the capacity breath the protections of the first amendment so that people can call attention to those who are the most egregious.

  2. True Colors are showing once again in Jackson. Recent zoning board not issuing variance for synagouges and now trying to control the media. Is Jackson a communist run township.
    Jackson USSR / KGB?..

      • Politicians with the temerity to say things like this, aren’t necessarily eligible for you to run interference for a little hyperbole that people might let out in response to their outbursts.
        This guy seems to have meant what he said and said what he meant. He just doesn’t have the power to implement it.
        Watch these journalists get random property tax increases, fines, and or police investigations. Maybe Clinton level suicided (highly unlikely, he doesn’t seem to be that well connected, but who really knows?)

  3. “We license nail salons – which one causes more harm today? Journalists or nail salons? I think you know the answer to that,” he added.
    I DO know the answer to that,” said the woman with the bandaged finger, who almost lost an entire finger when the nail salonist clipped her fingernails while texting a few friends and chomping down a submarine sandwich, all at the same time.
    “I’ve been reading newspapers for a long time,” the bandaged-finger lady said. “I don’t always agree with the opinions of these newspaper journalists, but aside from a few paper cuts here and there, I’ve never really suffered any physical harm while reading the paper, and I’ve never been forced to wear a bandage and receive 65 stitches on my finger after reading the paper.”
    “Moreover, I’ll continue to read the paper first thing in the morning,” she said. “but I’ve had it with these dangerous, text-messaging, sandwich-fressing nail salonists. From now on, no more nail salonists! I’LL be the one who trims my nails!”

  4. He must have been sleeping in American History or Civics class when they discussed the Bill of Rights. Does he know the meaning of Freedom of the Press?

  5. What an idiotic suggestion, also nail salons should not have to be licensed neither should hair salons, or any of these types of businesses.

  6. I think he is 100% right. Journalists should need to be licensed, and can someone explain to me why they can never be sued for defamation of character when every straight thinking person knows that a Hasidic person will definitely have a hard time finding a job as a result of that NYT article? Why is it harder to get a drivers license than a gun? I generally align myself with the republican ideology but some of this has gone way too far.

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