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Kwame Kilpatrick

If a free press is the 'enemy,' then who is your friend?

If a free press is the 'enemy,' then who is your friend?

"(The people) have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right, to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers."

-- John Adams, 1765

President Donald Trump last week called many media outlets "the enemy of the American people." His press secretary, when given the chance to retract, deny, or at least clarify that statement, refused to do so, instead listing off times that she herself has felt mistreated by journalists.

Presidents come and go. So do press secretaries. Ideas stick around longer. The idea of a free press, for example, as essential to America -- protected...

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