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”How can America have a feel-good birthday when one of the pillars of our 241-year-old republic is under near-daily assault from the highest levels of the government.The founders didn’t view the press as particularly enlightened, and from the earliest days of the republic it certainly wasn’t. But they drafted the founding documents to enshrine press freedom for good reason. James Madison was most concerned about a misinformed public’s acting on misplaced passions, and saw the press as an antidote. Were he alive now, he would be worried by the idea of government whipping up or exploiting” what he called “badly formed passions.' The stakes are higher now, as the anti-press sentiment calls for more action against journalists, if not against journalism itself. So this, our 241st birthday, seems just the time to invite some of our forebears to remind why a free press is so important...'