"Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the First Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press."
Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
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So far, so good....though there are threats to this all the time.
 -- Ben, Orem, UT     
    Good idea. But its become sort of a moot point any more. Control of the media is almost as important as control of the money in any communist country.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Most of our press is just another arm of the democrat party. Anything negative about a liberal is buried on page 19 if it makes the paper at all.
     -- jim k, austin     
    We all come on this site as well as those who are on thousands of other sites. We have Fox News and anyother kind of commuication media you can think of . When thnigs vary from our own views we often think that their is some sinister control behind it.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Even Fox News is not conservative enough for me. Too many blowhards! There is no doubt that the majority of news outlets are not fair - which is fine with me - just don't tell me how we need the Fairness Doctrine to silence the conservatives. bnyoung@metrocast.net
     -- Niel Young, Laconia, N.H.     
    Freedom of speech and press, though somewhat previously curtailed, at least through proselytizing agendas, are at risk in the Obamunist nation. Niel's reference to the Fairness Doctrine and the FBI's directed recording (audio, visual, written) of the the tea parties and their participants, along with the government's published list of right wing racist terrorists (including retired military) are not favorable for free speech or a free press.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Mike, The list of right wing extremists, according to Janet Napolitano, includes NRA members, Minutemen organizations, Veterans returnind from overseas, in fact its anyone who owns a gun. Now you tell me, what is the list for? It doesn't take a degree to see that it is anyone who might be "deemed" a threat to an ever more communist government. Is the press reporting this? They may be free to do so...but they won't.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    In just my lifetime, there is so much criticism of government that is heattily deserved...and the pace of that is increasing at an ever more rapid speed now.
     -- empty pockets, Albuquerque     
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