Letter to the editor: A retort to the freedoms of the press

Posted 1/8/19

It’s about time ... for supporting the free press, written by Andrea Doray greatly confuses this issue. Exactly who is a part and where does a “Free Press” exist? Why …

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Letter to the editor: A retort to the freedoms of the press

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"It’s about time ... for supporting the free press," written by Andrea Doray greatly confuses this issue. Exactly who is a part and where does a “Free Press” exist? Why should these concepts be “the” definition?

A Free Press concept is of our selected governmental system/laws. For what reason is it just for “journalists,” members or employees of corporations or those trying to present their “factual truths, compassions and influences” only? The Bill of Rights is in our Constitution! It is applied to all USA citizens or to visitors here as protections. It comes with great responsibilities.

First Amendment rights apply to all here in what they say or want to, within limits not to create life-threatening dangers. Today many request this right to express language or ideas judged offensive (not PC). But in Doray’s piece, this right is only for journalists “besieged” or facing “perils,” their support groups, those employed in publishing corporations and those groups or individuals “press” deem worthy. Today this journalistic effort in response, all media including films and online sources, all recognize their own “individual truths” based on their own lives and experiences, can be part of a “Free Press” now.

Press should recognize all Americans rights to their thoughts without labeling, blaming, chastising or criminalizing people in the court of public opinion.Why is it the press’ right to outcast any American? Maybe today’s journalists should consider the “Free Press” of 1791 under the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798?

Gary Scofield,
Arvada

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