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04 - The Right that Guarentees all Others

This article was originally posted here by Jcorp USA.

NOTE: The following is an opinion piece that does represent the express official position of Jcorp USA, but not necessarily that of its employees or constituents.

     "The freedom of the press is the right that guarantees all the others." [1] A right so integral, and yet it is not even in the Constitution. In fact, the framers thought it was so important that they did not need to include it, that it would just be understood; but when it came time, out of a majority outcry, to write the bill of rights, it came first. It is no accident that the right of a free press is the first line of the Bill of Rights. "Congress shall make no law [...] abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." [2] Not to mention, it is a very good thing that it is there. Today, the freedom of the press is under attack, or actually, it always is.

     No one likes being watched, certainly not people in power, and yet, that watchdog power is what makes the freedom of the press so essential. How can a person vote if they do not know what there voting for? If the people in power hide their actions from their people? In fact, they do; but it is the press that discovers what they are doing, and helps you to make an informed vote. President Trump* recently revoked the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. CNN sued, and won; but this is hardly the first time.

     Hardly before the ink was dry on the Bill of Rights, it was violated. In 1798, seven years after the Bill of Rights, the Alien and Sedition acts were passed. "[I]f any persons shall [...] combine or conspire together, with intent to oppose any measure or measures of the government of the United States[,] [...] he or they shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor." [3] Among other things, the Sedition Act made it illegal to criticize the government. They were both let expire in 1800 and 1801, respectively, but they were not finished.

     The Sedition Act of 1918 was passed by Woodrow Wilson in 1918. "It forbade the use of 'disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language' about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces" [4] and is considered to be the greatest restriction on free speech in American history. It too, was repealed, in 1920. Wilson wasn't the only president to dislike a free press, yet even still, it's necessity has shown through.

     The Washington Post broke the story of the Watergate scandal in 1972. They targeted Democrats too, remember the Lewinsky scandal, also broken by the Washington Post? Currently, the president is, as most presidents have been, upset with the press; which he sees as unfair, or even untruthful, frequently calling reporting "fake news." [5] He wouldn't be the first president to do something about it; but he should be the last. Jcorp USA and JDN Television Distribution stand by a free press. We don't support the Republicans or the Democrats; the White House or CNN; we support the Constitution, and we hope you do too.

Written by the Chief Marketing Officer at Jcorp USA.


[1] Scott Pelly quoting, probably paraphrasing, James Madison on June 16th, 2017.
[2] The First Amendment to the Bill of Rights.
[3] The Sedition Act of 1799
[4] Wikipedia - CC BY-SA 3.0 Fact Checked
[5] President Trump - Twitter; AP; FOX News.
* Usage Note - The President of the United States of America is Donald Trump. It is appropriate and respectful to refer to him as President Trump as apposed to Mr. Trump, Donald Trump, etc. Such a style has been used here.