Tuesday, June 27
Bill Keller, editor of the bleedin' New York Times:
It's an unusual and powerful thing, this freedom that our founders gave to the press.The founders did no such thing.
The founders recognised a pre-existing freedom, and wrote the Bill of Rights to protect that freedom:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.The founders gave no special freedom to the press at all. What they did was to forbid Congress to legislate against freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.
That pillock Keller again:
The power that has been given us is not something to be taken lightly.You haven't been given anything. You have arrogated power to yourself, and hold yourself unnacountable.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wednesday, June 28 2006 02:33 AM (+rSRq)
When they say, "freedom of the press", they are talking about the use of printing presses. That is, individuals are free to speak what they think, and free to publish what they write. This
indicates that the use of "the Press" to mean the journalistic community is a 20th century development.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, June 28 2006 04:00 AM (FRalS)
Posted by: TallDave at Sunday, July 09 2006 04:04 PM (H8Wgl)
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