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?