The first Amendment is critical to our country being democratic and thank Charles for this so very important post!
In our current political climate, in which the Press has been attacked as somehow against the people, it is important to remember that a free Press was seen by the founders of the United States of America as a crucial element to keeping the nation free. Other thinkers have argued for the maintenance of the free Press as a necessary aspect of battling tyranny and supporting freedom. The Press is one of the institutions that must be preserved if the nation is to remain a free democracy.
One of the writers whose work most clearly illustrated the abuse of power and the effects of the suppression of the Press was George Orwell.
“Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all,
means the freedom to criticize and oppose.”
In an example of the use of the free press itself, Teddy Roosevelt said, in an…
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