In support of fellow truth tellers.
Recently, in an effort led by editors of The Boston Globe, more than 300 newspapers published editorials defending the role of a free press in our democracy. President Trump’s often-repeated characterization of the press as the “enemy” of the American people prompted the call. While the importance of a free press is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, the core role of the news media in the free exchange of ideas extends far beyond its role in helping our political system function. Its role is complementary to that of higher education, whose primary focus is sometimes described as the preservation, transmission and creation of knowledge.
Originally published: September 24, 2018
Author: Raynard S. Kington
Institution: Grinnell College
Published by: Inside Higher Ed