Monday, March 2, 2009

Newspapers serve freedom

Michael Golding writes:

Without newspapers, we lose the in-depth reporting and ethical practices of what is called the Fourth Estate. That term refers to the press, both in its explicit capacity for advocacy and in its implicit ability to frame political issues, and it goes back at least to Thomas Carlyle in the first half of the 19th century. Without newspapers, our future society will have to rely on the Internet for all news, reports and information, but without the rules, accountability and oversight to ensure that what is being put out has been checked and double-checked as “bonafide.”

Remember “All the President’s Men”? Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee refuses to publish what reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have uncovered regarding the White House and Watergate without third-party confirmation and corroboration. What kind of oversight does one get from the thousands of blogs available at a few keystrokes?

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