Publics Right to Know

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    Ok I bet I can get at least a rousing five people to weigh in on this.

    Does the Public have a right to know anything as it relates to a free and unfettered press?

    My take is that reporters use that line to pontificate all the time. They seem to think that "free press" is a free pass. My take on this is that the press exists at the pleasure of the public. I believe that no one is obligated to speak to the press in any form or forum unless by choice. I found nothing in the US Constitution that required "cooperation" with any reporter.

    The FOIA OTOH requires disclosure of government activities. Yet recently the unscrupulous press has abused this in an effort to destroy Jack Ryan, they succeeded too. Are we next to find out about Sen Kerry's marriage. Personally I don't care, it isn't my business. As long as it didn't occur "on the clock", so freaking what?

    I personally believe the President has the right to get rid of his press secretary and tell teh Washington Press Corps that he will "from time to time issue statements that he feels the public has need to know". Imagine the body count as several hundred reporters simultaneously die of heart failure. Then the White House could simply respond to FOIA requests. So to repeat the question:

    Does the Public have a right to know anything as it relates to a free and unfettered press?
     
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    F*ck no. I can't even know what is going on in my wife's head, why should I get to know what is going on in the President's?
     
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    That would be one :beer: only four more to go. Come on y'all
     
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    I have always found the attitudes of the press to be quite pompass in regards to this issue. They think that we want to know all,when it's them that wants to know all. They are arrogant assholes that don't do their jobs correctly(most of them). I believe there are things that the government does not need to tell us and I don't want to know,especially when it comes to issues of war. I also believe that no one,and I mean no one has an obligation to talk to the Liberal,one sided,piece of crap media.
     
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    A very funny guy named Gary Burbank does an afternoon radio show here in my hometown. One of his greatest lines is, "Your right to know supercedes your right to exist!"
     
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    This also should pertain to SEALED Divorce documents. The reason they were SEALED by the COURT is because of privacy for the individual and their family. Because the press WANTS to find something in them not because they have a SUSPICION of something in them, they get to have a court order granting it? Doesn't make sense.

    For all those that don't know, I'm referring to Jack ryan in Illinois. A left wing activist judge decided that his previously sealed files were public domain.
     
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    Clinton didn't believe we have a right to know about his medical history (he is the only president that never made public their health history/records).
     
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    Got 5, in record time. YeeHa. Anyway. I was listening to radio when some reporter was blah blah ing about how he was only chasing down the publics right to know. Freaking Amazing.
     
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    The problem is,most of the time ,the public could give a sh*t! I personally didn't care too much about Clinton's health records. I just saw something on Fox about a murder or something on Sam Donnelson's(so?) ranch. I wonder how he feels about that being all over the news?! I remember listening to Walter C. one time on the radio saying that in wartime,we had a right to know everything. This is where I most strongly disagree.
     
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    I just want to know anytime Bush gets a blowjob and, also, anytime that Laura has unusual stains on her dress.

    Other than that, I don't think the public has the right to know ANYTHING that Bush is doing, saying or thinking.

    But that's just me.
     

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