Blackfoot Valley Dispatch - The Blackfoot Valley's News Source Since 1980

By Dean Ridings
CEO, Americas Newspapers 

On this Independence Day, recalling the Founders' views of a free press

 

America's Founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Founders spoke glowingly about the press as a pillar of democracy and guarantor of liberty. Thomas Jefferson, for instance, famously wrote in 1787 that "were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or...



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