The Press: The Meaning of Freedom

"I want to talk about our common responsibilities in the face of a common danger," President Kennedy told the American Newspaper Publishers Association. "This deadly challenge imposes upon our society two requirements of direct concern to both the press and to the President—two requirements which must be reconciled and fulfilled if we are to meet this national peril." Then the President asked his audience to reconsider the meaning of freedom of the press.

Secret Societies. A closed society, said the President, venturing forth on one of his favorite current topics, enjoys distinct advantages over the open society of the U.S.: "Its preparations...

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