May 25, 2015 By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).
Happy Memorial Day, everybody! Today, our master podcaster Burr Deming has given us a very appropriate podcast, considering this is a day we Americans tend to reflect upon our friends and relatives who have passed on and especially those who gave their lives in service to our country. Those noble souls sacrificed it all to preserve our freedom – above all else our freedom of the press.
Press freedom ranked very high on our Founding Fathers’ priority list. Indeed, the press is the only industry they mentioned by name in our Constitution! But, like all freedoms, its constant companion should be responsibility. Sometimes, in their zeal to inform the public, journalists act responsibly – and sometimes they don’t. In this age of obsessive governmental secrecy and preoccupation with national security, it is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists to draw the line between press freedom and that responsibility, as Burr points out.
Within the last few years, a British spy at a high level within al Qaeda and a secret informant with the North Korean government were compromised by published reports.
If reports are accurate, the existence of an official in the government of Pakistan has been revealed, after he helped Americans know where and how to kill Osama bin laden.
We have to be impressed by the bravery of those reporters who inform us of all the facts, and who courageously accept the consequences of their actions.
Regardless of who suffers those consequences.”
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