“Repeated public criticism of the media at the highest levels of government and the prevalence of false information in the public sphere makes it harder for the public to determine which information is true or false, and which sources are credible. Lack of public statements of support from government officials for the essential function and role of the news media also brings down the grade. Our democratic system depends on public support for independent journalism. Press freedom is undermined when the public has a harder time knowing which information and which sources are credible and reliable.”
– Richard Blum, Director, News Media for Open Government
Rarely in our lifetimes has there been more controversy about the state of our First Amendment freedoms. It is critically important for our nation to have serious discussions about the threats and opportunities we face in maintaining and trying to enhance our democracy.