The Least, First

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Why freedom of the press matters

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The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution insists, among other things, that Congress “shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . . ”

This is a moment to observe the value of it: But for the freedom “of the press,” Congressman Foley would be writing salacious emails to minors tonight. And you and I might never have heard of it.

Hearing of it is tiresome. As with all abuse, though, disclosure must come for prevention to thrive. What you hear is the sound of abuse in retreat. As one wise Republican Congressman said this afternoon: “Democrats didn’t cause the problem. The media didn’t cause the problem. Mark Foley caused the problem.” Things are not worse because we heard about it – they’re better.

And in this case, we have the media – and wisdom of the writers of the 1st Amendment – to thank.

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Written by Monte

October 8, 2006 at 11:33 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Thanks – and good point. Just like the Congressman’s proper ID of the problem paved the way for you to move on to the next point: “Perhaps there would be less media coverage now if Republican leadership had been responsible enough . . .,” so identifying the hurricane as the problem might free us up to look at the weaknesses it exposed.

    You’re an expert – I’ve noticed on your blog – at non-defensive response. I’m learning from you!

    Wish I could remember who the Congressman was who made the comment.  I think it was on the Sunday, Oct. 8 news shows, but I can’t remember which one.  Anybody know?


    October 9, 2006 at 11:40 am

  2. Great quote from that Congressman. And an even better quote from you: “What you hear is the sound of abuse in retreat.” Love it.

    Perhaps there would be less media coverage now if Republican leadership had been responsible enough to demand Foley’s resignation and hand him over to the authorities on their own accord.

    To switch gears a bit — why can’t Americans express this type of attitude?

    Bush didn’t cause the problem. FEMA didn’t cause the problem. A big nasty hurricane caused the problem.

    the forester

    October 9, 2006 at 10:47 am

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