Archives for June 11, 2009

Can the Free Press Be TOO “Free”?

Secretary Clinton Marks Global Press Freedom Day at U.S. Foreign Press Center via US Department of State via Flickr 

By: Will Thompson, guest blogger

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.

-Amendment 1, Constitution of the United States

On the face of it, this seems like a perfectly inane question. “Don’t you know”, I can hear the response already, “that our ancestors fought and died to preserve this unique freedom we poses and to spread it, like Prometheus the Fire-giver, to those nations and people that were once plunged into the very depths of darkness but can now breath free again?”

Might I remind those who are bound to forget, that Prometheus was chained to a rock for eternity where the crows pecked at him, or in the words of Napoleon “Great men [and in my take, nations] are like meteors, which shine and consume themselves to enlighten the earth.”

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