February 28, 2014
Another Step toward Totalitarianism?
Among its other virtues, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press. A series of Supreme Court decisions, probably beginning with Near v. Minnesota 283 U.S. 697 (1931), which was the precedent for the famous “Pentagon Papers” case (New York Times Co. v. United States [403 U.S. 713 (1971)]), upheld freedom of the press by striking down any government attempt to impose prior restraint and/or censorship. Other SCOTUS decisions during the 20th century consistently buttressed the notion of a free press, which is essential for a free polity. Once-upon-a-time, it was assumed that the press’ “ink-stained wretches,” along with those toiling for electronic media outlets, would rise up in righteous indignation to oppose any attempt by government and/or non-governmental entities to restrict press freedoms. Things seem to be changing. Shortly after Reporters Without Borders released its 2014 report...(Read Full Article)