Today and tomorrow, a hundred or more newspapers across the country are publishing individual editorials asserting the importance and independence of a free press in the face of Stalinesque charges that the media are “enemies of the people.”
The NYT, in its contribution to this effort, reminds us that in the Supreme Court's words, “debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide‐open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.”
This media united front against attacks by Trump and the right includes not only the NYT, but less well-known elements of the MSM, if such they are. Small town papers across the country are asserting their importance in the dissemination of independent, accurate information, especially in an era of government obfuscation. The Wakaponeta Daily News, The Tomahawk Leader, Steele Ozone and Kidder County Press, The Hazen Star, and scores of other local newspapers will assert that, “We are not the enemy. We are the people.” as the Valencia County News Bulletin puts it.
Check your local paper tomorrow, see if it has participated. If it has, let them know you appreciate their support of press freedom in the United States.
And I just ran across this in The Atlantic. An interesting way to see freedom of the press:
“The freedom of the press is an individual liberty, not the peculiar privilege of a profession or an industry. It is your right as an American to read what you will, to write what you think, and to publish what you believe. The press is neither the enemy of the people nor its ally, but rather its possession. That is why attacks on the press, one of the great bulwarks of liberty, seek to abridge or deprive the people of their rights . . .”
Oh, hell, why not? Joan (another J!) is an uninhibited and robust supporter of the 1st Amendment!