Saturday, March 10, 2012
DOES AMERICA HAVE "FREEDOM OF THE PRESS" TODAY?
Freedom of the press, like freedom of speech, is not absolute; some limitations are always present both in principle and in practice. The press exercises enormous power and influence over society, and has commensurate responsibility. Journalists have access to more information than the average individual, thus the press has become the eyes, ears, and voice of the public. In this sense it has been suggested that the press functions as the "Fourth Estate," an important force in the democratic system of checks and balances. Thus, freedom of the press is seen as an advance in achieving human rights for all, and contributing to the development of a world of peace and prosperity for all. The caveat is that those who work in the media are themselves in need of ethical guidelines to ensure that this freedom is not abused.
MY COMMENTS: The mainline liberal press which for the most part is owned by the liberal entertainment media, is now almost synonymous with the left wing of the Democrat party. Therefore the freedom of the press is now seriously damaged or compromised in our country today and in fact has become an instrument of the left wing government we have today; it is as though it is controlled by left-wing politics.
A case in point is how liberal mainline media is reporting or not reporting on the most significant news story since the founding of our country in terms of President Obama's blatant attack on the Catholic Church and her teaching on natural law. It is government intrusion into the affairs of the Church and the Catholic Bishops mandate from God to "teach, rule and sanctify" the Church. The Constitution of the USA protects the Church from this kind of government overreach and interference; it keeps government separate from Church.
President Obama's and his administration's attempt to control the Catholic Church through a national health insurance mandate and to divide and conquer the Catholic Church by intentionally driving a wedge between the Catholic bishops and Catholic women should be front page news not only here but around the world. Our government controlled press though, has re-framed the story and the debate and obfuscates the truth of what is actually happening. It sounds like the Communist USSR doesn't it.
Watch how an NBC reporter changes the subject when a person they asked to interview actually starts to tell them the truth. You'd think a free press would be interested in what he is saying, alarmed at the truth of what he is saying: