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Columbus Telegram Newspaper Archives Jul 13 1974, Page 4

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Columbus Telegram, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1974, Columbus, NebraskaTelegram opinion Freedom has too Many faces the Telegram global Structure Sam Erviti the Harvard lawyer Wilh a Southern drawl has done some fairly useful things during his slay a Wasi Ringlon. Among them is a speech lie made to newspaper people at Columbia to. He pointed Mil that newspapers generally have defended us first amendment As it pertains to press and speech. He suggested that the posture of the press ought not to be defensive but Rattler extensive. The first amendment lie pointed out undoubtedly forbids government to deny to a broadcaster Freedom to broadcast the news or programs it chooses or the views h Ervin is Correct. The Freer communications the greater the chances Are that truth will Shine through. So Long As the windows , the sunlight will come in. But once you draw lie blinds of government intervention you will not be Able to Tell night from Day. Senator Ervin dwelt on Hie behaviour of the Federal communications commission its threats to broadcasting stations and revocation of licenses. In one Case contrary to the recommendation of its own examiner. The Ervin said flouts the first amendment it it revokes or refuses to renew a License to broadcast merely because it dislikes the political views the broadcaster expresses or applies the fairness doctrine in a Way which proclaims in essence that the government has determined the truth in respect to any controversial he cautioned newsmen to exercise vigilance even As to those who like themselves or among themselves profess love of Freedom. Strange As it May he said Freedom has Many foes even among those who profess to love it. Some men Are annoyed by the abuse of Freedom by others and advocates its abridgement to prevent its further abuse. Other men fear the exercise of Freedom by others and demand the curtailment to quiet their fears. Government he went on trends to dislike Freedom in general because in obstructs la p exercise of arbitrary Power and Freedom of speech and of the press in particular because they Are instruments which expose official mismanagement and misconduct. Tie proper course for us is to insist Hal broadcasters shall enjoy Hie Tull entitlements recognized in the first amendment. That is tire Tetter Way even for politicians themselves. They have More Opportunity to express their own views when communications is not restricted by Laws and threats. We strive to confine our own opinions to this Page where they can be recognized As opinions. We believe a Good journalistic example accomplishes More than a Law and avoids a lot of damage. Even so Don t expect to find perfection in tie news business. Rather judge us by our Effort. Wils newspaper it dedicated to furnishing information to readers so that they can better promote and preserve their own Freedom and encourage others to see. Its blessings. Only Man is free to control himself and All he produces can. Lie develop to his utmost capabilities. We believe that Freedom is a gift from god and not a political Grant from government. Freedom is neither License nor anarchy. It is Salt con Fol. No More. No less. It must be consistent with the expressed in such great neral guides us the Cove ship the Golden Kutch Ald. The a ration of let face begin Wilhma i the Columbus Telegram saturday july 13, 1974 Columbus Nebraska bits told Law of the sek cohere nation s press covering the big one Calls for caution editor i mole Richard c. Vice president of Abc news recently circulated a memo among his news executives no the reporter ii which warned that coverage president Nixon s impeachment difficulties will provide a severe test of news judgment and balance. The memo reprinted below originally appeared in variety by Richard c. Ward Are about to embark on most important Story this division has Ever covered. Ii May be the most important Story of the Century. Before us there stretches the certainty of a redistribution of presidential Power no matter what the outcome of the process that begins with tie deliberations of the judiciary committee. The Imperial presidency is Over for a Lime Al least. To president has Given up so much so visibly Ever. And no period of our history has even involved so Many of us in the fabric of How we afe governed. It is the biggest event of our limes and we were drawn into news because we wanted to Deal with history with events greater than ourselves

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