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Fox News on Irresponsible Journalism

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While watching Brit Hume’s “fair and balanced program this evening, I was treated to this insightful comment by regular Morton Kondracke. He argued that the Washington Post story on the existence of secret prisons was ‘one of the most serious examples of irresponsible journalism” he can remember, because the prisons are ‘secret’.

Someone might want to remind Mr. Kondracke, who used to be a decent journalist, that the role of the press is not to cover up government secrets, but to expose them to the light of day–so the public can act in a democracy. It’s unbelievable, watching the media (led by Fox) abrogate its responsibility to a government out of control, drunk on power.

Thomas Jefferson’s words were never more important:

“No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.”

“Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it.”

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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