The Role of the Press in Politics and Government
"In the 18th century Alexander Pope could write: 'Of all those ills that mortal men endure/ How few are those the law can cause or cure.'...Consider the great issues of our time: war and peace, poverty and plenty, consumption and conservation of resources, ignorance and education, fear and security in our crowded cities. The law, and particularly judge-made law, can have only a limited impact on these issues....The law can give us freedom from governmental censorship of the press, but the quality of the press, its contribution to our understanding and our will, lies in larger measure with the press itself. Thus, responsibility rather than freedom of the press becomes the problematic factor. The same is true of those immensely powerful media, television and motion pictures." Paul A. Freund, "The Judicial Process in Civil Liberties Cases," 1975 U. Ill. L. F. 494.
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