The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution states: "Congress
shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
While the First Amendment is substantially broader in its scope than
simply freedom of the press, all of the activities protected by the
First Amendment are interrelated. The extraordinary protection granted
to the Press was deemed necessary by our Founding Fathers to foster a
free market place of ideas, a market place of ideas in which the
diversity of politics, religion, philosophy and life style could
flourish unfettered by government interference. However, this freedom
granted to the Press carried with it a correlative responsibility. The
role of a free press in a free society is to provide the citizenry with
the information necessary to enable them to play an active role in
democratic life. The news reporting press impliedly promises its
readers that it is telling the whole, unvarnished truth, and bears the
responsibility to report fully, accurately and fairly events of
importance to citizens. To the extent that information is not reported
fully or is not accurately or fairly presented, the Press fails to
fulfill its promise to its readers. Inaccurate, incomplete and unfairly
presented news leaves citizens inherently unable to make informed,
intelligent decisions in the exercise of their democratic rights. All
of society suffers from this failure. Just as it is important for
citizen advocates to vigorously defend the Press from unreasonable
government intrusion, it is equally important for citizen advocates to
vigorously defend the public from irresponsible reporting by the Press.
EyeOnThePost's mission focuses on maintaining, encouraging and
restoring responsible reporting.
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