“Sunday Thoughts”

Inscription of the First Amendment at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Photo by Robin Klein

“A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad.”

–Albert Camus

“If you don’t have this freedom of the press, then all these little fellows are weaseling around and doing their monkey business and they never get caught.”

–Harold R. Medina, Jr.

“A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. Where men have the habit of liberty the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen.”

–Winston Churchill

“We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital. If you want to preserve–I’m very serious now–if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”

–Senator John McCain

From a December 1962 interview broadcasted by CBS, but with reporters from also NBC and ABC

Sander Vanocur (NBC): “You once said that you were reading more and enjoying it less. Are you still as avid a newspaper reader, magazine—I remember those of us who traveled with you on the campaign, a magazine wasn’t safe around you. ”

PRESIDENT JOHN KENNEDY : “Oh, yes. No, no, I think it is invaluable, even though it may cause you—it is never pleasant to be reading things that are not agreeable news, but I would say that it is an invaluable arm of the presidency, as a check really on what is going on in the administration, and more things come to my attention that cause me concern or give me information. So I would think that Mr. Khrushchev operating a totalitarian system, which has many advantages as far as being able to move in secret, and all the rest—there is a terrific disadvantage not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily, to an administration, even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn’t write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn’t any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.”

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Inscription Photo © by Robin Klein
Interview Image from CBS Television News

 

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