"The President and the Press" (April 27, 1961)

John F. Kennedy Speech
"The President and the Press" (April 27, 1961)
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22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, killed, Lee Harvey Oswald, motive unknown ... "political" assassination to all assassinations, and is now embodied in EO 12333, ...
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"The President and the Press" (April 27, 1961)

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I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers--I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for, as a wise man once said: "An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.

Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed-and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law-maker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment--the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution--not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants"--but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.

This means greater coverage and analysis of international news--for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security--and we intend to do it.

It was early in the Seventeenth Century that Francis Bacon remarked on three recent inventions already transforming the world: the compass, gunpowder and the printing press. Now the links between the nations first forged by the compass have made us all citizens of the world, the hopes and threats of one becoming the hopes and threats of us all. In that one world's efforts to live together, the evolution of gunpowder to its ultimate limit has warned mankind of the terrible consequences of failure.

And so it is to the printing press--to the recorder of man's deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news--that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.

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"The President and the Press" (April 27, 1961)



CALLING ALL PATRIOTS

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Bullied and herded by the leaders of both parties, our witless Solons in
Washington passed the "USA PATRIOT Act" by a huge margin. Since the bill
wasn't even printed before the vote, they couldn't possibly have read this
372-page document. But even if they had read it, it's doubtful they would
have balked at passing the most draconian wartime measure since the infamous
Alien and Sedition Acts. In the wake of 9/11, none but a few brave souls
wanted to be seen as "soft on terrorism," and, in any case, the politicians'
instinctive impulse to gather more power unto themselves was automatic, in
this instance, as in any other. The big problem, however, is that a number of
surprises are beginning to surface, as our congressional "patriots" realize
that blindly playing follow-the-leader can often lead one over a cliff.

Dedication:

I was born an American. I live as an American; I shall die an American; and I intend to perform the duties incumbent upon me in that character to the end of my career. I mean to do this with absolute disregard to personal consequences. What are the personal consequences?

What is the individual man with all the good or evil that may betide him, in comparison with the good and evil which may befall a great country, and in the midst of great transactions which concern that country's fate? Let the consequences be what they will, I am careless, No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he suffer or if he fall, in the defense of the liberties and Constitution of his country.

...Daniel Webster

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