The Good/Evil of a Free Press

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


The following quote, short as it may be, is instructive in its truth.

"To get the inestimable good that freedom of the press assures one must know how to submit to the inevitable evil it gives rise to." --Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835

A free nation, in order to remain free, must forever preserve and protect a press unencumbered by government regulation or oversight. This, by necessity, must include the internet.

The dangers in a free press rest in the fact there are those who do not report the news {truth} but rather their interpretation {twisting} of the news {facts} in order to further their own agenda. The evil of which Alexis de Tocqueville spoke lies in in the foregoing statement.

Opinions developed by one after analyzing a set of facts is the responsibility of each individual in a free society. Given that facts can be interpreted differently by different {and intelligent} individuals based on their experience and biases is why we have diverse opinions and views on all issues.

The point, I suppose, is to read and digest information from all sources and viewpoints: Conservatives moderates and progressives can then honestly evaluate and decide what makes sense.

Conservative, moderate, and progressive news reporters have all been guilty at one time or another of editorial excess. Sorting out the truth requires work and a desire to remain free to enjoy the liberties given us by our founding documents.

You may be interested in this informative article. As an independent thinker, the final assessment is incumbent upon you.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

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2 comments:

  1. Interesting... "To get the inestimable good that freedom of the press assures one must know how to submit to the inevitable evil it gives rise to."
    Very relevant at present times... Maybe that things have not changed that much. "..there is nothing new under the sun." Eccl. 1:9

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