The free press was cherished by America’s Founding Fathers and serves the public good by holding the powerful accountable to individual citizens who were “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights … ”
For example, after Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, the Washington Star died leaving the Washington Post the unchallenged agenda-setter for the national and international press corps in Washington, D.C.. The birth of The Washington Times in 1982 revived competition in this critical arena in the years before cable news and the Internet.
The proliferation of new media focused on “narratives” rather than straight reporting brings more heat than light to current affairs. “Group think” among “mainstream media” journalists has stifled legitimate news and perspectives. The free press can only thrive when competition in the marketplace of ideas is encouraged rather than limited.
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 . . . — First Amendment