The Press: Fight Over Freedom and Privilege

Congress must attempt to be as wise as the drafters of the First Amendment 200 years ago. A press which is not free to gather news without threat of ultimate incarceration cannot play its role meaningfully. The people as a whole must suffer. For to make thoughtful and efficacious decisions—whether it be at the local school-board meeting or in the voting booth—the people need information. If the sources of that information are limited to official spokesmen, the people have no means of evaluating the worth of their promises and assurances.

THUS Senator Sam...