And our children and children's children's future.....
Perhaps the most important column you will read this week. A critical look at the press, its role in the health of our nation - and, how that health is right now.
As you read through the column, remember this. It's written by a Democratic pollster: Pat Caddell.
Fortunately, Caddell is a man who cares more about our nation and our people than he does partisan politcs.
Do read all of the column - but - here are the money paragraphs:
The overwhelming bias has become very real and very dangerous. We have a First Amendment for one reason. We have a First Amendment not because the Founding Fathers liked the press—they hated the press—but they believed, as [Thomas] Jefferson said, that in order to have a free country, in order to be a free people, we needed a free press. That was the job—so there was an implicit bargain in the First Amendment, the press being the only institution, at that time, which was in our process of which there was no checks and balances.
We designed a constitutional system with many checks and balances. The one that had no checks and balances was the press, and that was done under an implicit understanding that, somehow, the press would protect the people from the government and the power by telling—somehow allowing—people to have the truth. That is being abrogated as we speak, and has been for some time. It is now creating the danger that I spoke to.