The Founders had a Very Different Idea of “Freedom of the Press”

Our founders never said they wrote the first amendment to protect your right to slander and libel and especially not to burn the flag.  But I know few people will take my word for this, so how about the words of one our founding newsmen?

If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please: But if it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it, whenever our legislators shall please so to alter the law and shall chearfully consent to exchange my liberty of abusing others for the privilege of not being abused myself.

–Benjamin Franklin

Which might explain the difference between our media then:


Under the original Progressives:



And now:



One thought on “The Founders had a Very Different Idea of “Freedom of the Press”

  1. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” and our ‘news media’ is completely corrupt — with liberalism/ progressivism/ socialism/ communist propaganda. They see it there duty to “change the world” (for Liberalism) and not report accurately. They’ve abused the system and are as much the enemy of this once great nation, as our Liberal/ Progressive leaders. They’ve infiltrated our educational system like a contact disease. They’re ushering in the demise of Liberty and doing so with glee.

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