"If you think there is freedom of the press in the United States,
I tell you there is no freedom of the press...
They come out with the cheap shot.
The press should be ashamed of itself.
They should come to both sides of the issue and hear both sides
and let the American people make up their minds."
by:
Bill Moyers
(1934- ) Journalist
Source:
Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 1982
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 -- Anonymous      
I think it's obvious to even the dullest person by now that the media doesn't report news and events in a truthful light. Everything that might actually infuence the average voter's thinking is presented with a spin to have them think a certain way. Usually to rally support for things that shouldn't even be on the table. Think!
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- Mary- MI      
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    What both sides of the issue ? ? Whose interpretation of the sides ? At this point in media history, all sides are suspect.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    There is a big difference between 'information' coming from a loud speaker that you have no control over and that found in a book of non-fiction. Anything being blared from a loud speaker is suspect -- the same is true for broadcast 'news.'
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    As an addendum and further explanation; The media / news agencies' right and left sides are administrative difference that fall within a socialist domain. Libertarian perspectives have been hijacked by academic theorists from the right and the left. Individual sovereignty, inalienable rights and organic liberty are not within the media's theocratic heart/mind sets, dogma or vocabulary. Within an unbiased news platform, isms would not have a place in precise reporting of events and facts. The right and left sides are also emphasized by simply arranging an order of presentation and the number of times certain information is referenced. In agreement, there is no free press today.

     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Look, the Framers new about freedom of the press and the low knowledge they have about world affairs and already warned us of their bad behavior. General Sherman would not allow them in his army. I gave it thumbs down because this is what freedom of the press means and you have the right to lie and be stupid those are not against the law.
     -- Don, Reno     
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