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    Does the U.S. need a free press?

    Thoughts?
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    As opposed to what?

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    Free as in I don't pay for stuff on the Internet but I still get to complain about "fake news."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    As opposed to what?
    State owned/directed (like China, N. Korea, Russia)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    State owned/directed (like China, N. Korea, Russia)
    Anymore, I hardly see the difference between state owned press and what we have now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
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    Thomas Jefferson said he would rather have newspapers with no government, than to have government with no newspapers.

    I'm with Tom!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
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    Yes - we need a free press.

    But the freedom of the press should be no greater than the free speech rights of any other American. Because what we do not need is a press with unfettered rights to libel public officials

    In other words: if they print false information about someone that damages their reputation they should be vulnerable to lawsuits the same way you or I would be. This would also go a long way to making our press more responsible (which it desperately needs to be).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    Yes - we need a free press.

    But the freedom of the press should be no greater than the free speech rights of any other American. Because what we do not need is a press with unfettered rights to libel public officials

    In other words: if they print false information about someone that damages their reputation they should be vulnerable to lawsuits the same way you or I would be. This would also go a long way to making our press more responsible (which it desperately needs to be).
    IF we get stronger libel laws, I would LOVE to see Barack Obama file a libel suit against Donald Trump for all the VILE lies that Mr. Trump told about Obama over the years, and win a billion dollar judgment against Trump. Would serve him right. Would be POETIC JUSTICE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    Yes - we need a free press.

    But the freedom of the press should be no greater than the free speech rights of any other American. Because what we do not need is a press with unfettered rights to libel public officials

    In other words: if they print false information about someone that damages their reputation they should be vulnerable to lawsuits the same way you or I would be. This would also go a long way to making our press more responsible (which it desperately needs to be).
    So you don't think we need a free press.

    I thought so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    IF we get stronger libel laws, I would LOVE to see Barack Obama file a libel suit against Donald Trump for all the VILE lies that Mr. Trump told about Obama over the years, and win a billion dollar judgment against Trump. Would serve him right. Would be POETIC JUSTICE.
    He just want's the press to be able to talk shit about Obama but not Trump.

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