FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
50 Years Ago: Supreme Court Affirms Need
The NY Times, not one of my favorite newspapers, writes about how the Supreme Court affirmed freedom of the press
some 50 years ago making it extremely difficult for politicians to sue a newspaper for libel. In thinking about it, the decision might have gone too far in requiring that the complaint show that the paper knew it was printing false information but that aside, it is important that we have that freedom. And technology has made the problem even better, not perfect mind you, but better. Fifty years ago we had little cable; we were restricted to the broadcast channels and that was so expensive that we only had a few. Nationally most were decidedly liberal. Newspapers as today were an expensive way to spread the news. So there was usually only one or two per city and mostly liberal. Radio was better but for whatever reason it focused on music, not news or politics.
Today, we have a variety of news sources. Cable has brought us hundreds of channels to watch and Fox News has begun to balance the political spectrum. Newspapers are dying, though still mostly liberally inclined, and the wide-open internet is replacing it. You can get any political leaning you want on the internet. (Few will give you both or all sides of the news, though that is the intention of NewsBalance.) When music went to FM radio, the AM spectrum was opened to talk radio, another balance against the liberal inclination of most media people.
We should shout our approval of Freedom of the Press by the Supreme Court, but more importantly, technology has brought us so that all sides of an issue are available to the public. Without that, we would still be listening to the likes of Dan Rather whether we wanted to or not.
Left Exposes Its Anti-Minority Bias In Charter
The left as represented by NYC mayor Bill de Basio shows where its real concern lies. As presented by Thomas Sowell
, the left's main interest is getting elected and that means cow-towing to the education unions. That leaves the kids at risk, particularly the minority ones. Charter schools are giving minority kids a chance to succeed whereas the regular public school system is a disaster. Vouchers would be even better, but charter schools have shown their worth. Why do conservatives support charter schools? They have no financial interest and they won't get elected by doing so. Their motives are clean whereas the liberals have only one thing in mind: Getting elected.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Not The Right Time For Big Cuts
The IBD writes that Robert Gates, the former Secretary of Defense, is against the huge cuts in defense
as the world has become more dangerous. Russia is flexing its muscles, Al Qaeda is far from dead and China grows its defense budget.
Unanimous Senate Passes Bill On Military Sex
Assault To Give Victims More Say In
The Senate on Monday approved a bill giving victims of sexual assault in the military more say in how the crimes are prosecuted, building on other revisions last year as Congress pushes to reform a system all sides acknowledge is broken.
I still say that putting females into the military was a mistake. And this is an unintended consequence.
States Wrestle With Developing, Restricting
Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations.
People and legislators really need to evaluate the liberty aspects of this situation. Is it a violation of liberty to have someone look at you in the outdoors? Looking inside one's home is another issue.
GOVERNMENT FUNDED CAMPAIGNS
Congress Bans Taxpayer Funding For Political
The only good thing that Congress does is to reverse mistakes they made previously.
America Following In Their Footsteps?
A video from France
showing the effects of high taxes and huge welfare on the shakers and movers in France. They are leaving. Let this be a message for Obama's America.
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, or maybe just the liberal ones
or the conservative ones