Imagine being denied a right to blog.
Will letters to the editors be banned, or disagreeing comments to our legislators not be allowed?
Will peaceful demonstrations become violations, and will library’s be closed because they offer material considered by some to be calculatedly false?
News organizations may have biases. But their reporters need open access to any event, and if the event’s actors don’t like the published spin, then they should seek support from other publications whose spin is more closely of their same position.
We importantly need a Fox, MSNBC, CBS, CNN, BBC, ABC, etc., and every other newspaper and media resource in the country.
A rabbi taught me that there must never be any restriction to looking for the truth, and that the student of life can never be denied access to anything. Veritas odit moras — truth abhors delay.
Our society stands on pillars of no discrimination against even the unpleasant and disagreeable opinions. Ideas cannot be repressed; societies attempting to do this choke themselves to death. Some actions certainly need limitations for the public safety. But an action is not the same as an opinion.
Understanding current events is difficult. I knew a teacher who read at least two different newspapers every day. Indeed, we have different teachers so to expose students to different styles and perspectives; erudition is learning to analyze and think, not merely to memorize or yield. To be dexterous in decision making one must at least earnestly consider the how and why of an opponent’s claims, and a rejection or acceptance of them, in full or in part, may follow.
Revoking, or threatening to do so, press credentials because they “lie” is the utmost terrorization of our foundational values. Let those who choose to falsify continue to do so, but for that lies are fragile possessions, and a free press will eventually smash them apart. Fabricating journalists will in due course feed the truthful ones.
If you don’t like a news media, challenge other news media sources to confront and defy the first media source! Let the test begin; the cards will fall where they may. Open, do not close, media doors.
Let me choose the material to read and study as I decide for whom I want to vote.
Insulting a media source insults the process for which many died, and worked, and debated, in an effort to protect the platform from which you now insult. It is an insult to hear your insults.