How We Stand for a Free Press

When we first launched a #freethepress campaign to host an alternative press briefing across from the White House, we didn’t know how fast this would escalate. Fourteen “fake press” tweets this month? The news media “is the enemy of the American people?” This is appalling and calls for a strong response from the community of journalists.

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Since Nomiki Konst’s first call to action last month, we’ve continued organizing our counter press briefing. If the administration does not want to take “hard” questions, we’ll get the news out to citizens without them.

Over the coming days, we’ll have several ways you can get involved — from signing on to a statement of principles, to attending and covering our Counter Press Briefing in March. We’ll be creating the pressure to expose the truth to the American people no matter how many times we’re attacked.

We were reminded by President’s Day that freedom of the press has never been a partisan issue. It’s fundamental to our shared history as the United States of America.

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

~ George Washington

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

“[When the Know-Nothings get control] I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

“The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.”

~ Andrew Jackson

“Let us labor to add all needful guarantees for the more perfect security of free thought, free speech, and free press, pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and of equal rights and privileges to all men, irrespective of nationality, color, or religion.”

~ Ulysses S. Grant

“[A free press] is frequently the means of preventing powerful, politic, ill-designing men from growing too popular. All-examining Censure, with her hundred eyes and her thousand tongues, soon discovers and as speedily divulges in all quarters every least crime or foible that is part of their true character.”

~ Ben Franklin

“The free man cannot be long an ignorant man.”

~ William McKinley

“I believe that the public temper is such that the voters of the land are prepared to support the party which gives the best promise of administering the government in the honest, simple, and plain manner which is consistent with its character and purposes. They have learned that mystery and concealment in the management of their affairs cover tricks and betrayal.”

~ Grover Cleveland

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