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when the swine overwhelm, retreat into the wisdom of these words

Monday, September 18, 2006

"In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection
it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to
serve the governed, not the governors. The Government's power to censor the
press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the
Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of
government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can
effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the
responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the
government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to
die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell." ~Justice Black. NYT v. US. 403
US 713

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