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Defending the Free Press ; by Charles M. Blow

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' There is no way to have a functioning democracy without a thriving press. The founders of this country knew that. One of the great missions of the press is to hold power accountable by revealing what those in power would rather hide. Corruption depends on concealment. Accountability hinges on disclosure.

 Donald Trump knows that and that he is purposely attempting to prune that function. A free and fearless press is the greatest ally to a free and prosperous people. And, the kind of dogged, unrelenting pressure that reporting requires demands a professional press.To Trump, the press is a tool and a weapon, to be used and deployed in the promotion of brand, and therefore the acquisition of money and power.... we will cease to be truly free if ever the day comes when the free press is cowed.'

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