Re:New FTC rules
I run a local web magazine. All the local police and government I have interacted with consider me to be a legitimate journalist. Before starting up, I read the ACLU book, THE RIGHTS OF REPORTERS (which was based on cases of low-circulation journals published by activists, but are applicable to the Internet). And I have been following the EFF since it got started up.
Here's the problem, as I see it (as does the EFF). The FTC has made regulation that differentiates online speech with print speech. For example, when you read book reviews, you never see a notice that the books were provided to the news media for free, or film critics get to see free previews of a movie. That's because it isn't required for print media.
There are currently a number of cases going through the courts of "who is a journalist". And, in the case of the web, we have the additional problem of differentiating between journalistic portions of sites (such as, to give the example of this site, the main portions, like the restaurant reviews that go through an editorial review process, versus the forums, where anybody can post anything).
But I think that the FTC regulation will fail on 1st Amendment grounds.