A declaration of war on the very idea of an independent press

Media Matters
by Paul Waldman

06/30/06

This week, the conservatives declared war. Not on The New York Times. Not even on the media in general. No, this week the entire conservative movement -- from the White House to Republicans in Congress to Fox News to right-wing talk radio to conservative magazines -- declared war on the very idea of an independent press. They declared war on the idea that journalists have not just the right but the obligation to hold those in power accountable for their actions. They declared war on the idea that journalists, not the government and not a political party, get to decide what appears in the press. They declared war on the idea that the public has a right to know what the government is doing in our name. This is a profound threat to our democracy, and we underestimate it at our peril...

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