We’re supposed to love freedom of the press because it guarantees us critical coverage of politics and business – or whatever the standard line “speak truth to power” means.
What happens now when the press has manifestly failed to live up to this relatively low bar? Do leaders of dictatorial regimes get better press coverage than Obama has gotten (or McCain used to get)? Is freedom of the press worth anything if the answer to this question is ‘no’ as I think it is? Would anyone fight for the press’ freedom to write this crap?