Editorial: ‘We get the media we deserve’

Published 8:28 am Monday, February 8, 2010

We present a selection of quotations about journalism a and the First Amendment:

“I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” — James Baldwin, author, 1955

“Let’s not be deceived into thinking that technical refinements of censorship tools will make us free. They will simply filter out our freedoms with all the more deadly accuracy.” — Brian J. Buchanan, First Amendment Center, 1999

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“I think it is the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.” — George Carlin, comedian, 2008

“We couldn’t abolish lobbying without repealing the First Amendment.” — Michael Barone, columnist, U.S. News & World Report, 2008

“When the people are not informed, they cannot hold government accountable when it is incompetent, corrupt or both.” — Al Gore, former U.S. vice president, 2007

“You know, when Hitler started, the top of his agenda was censorship, but he didn’t start burning the classics. He started with the so-called garbage that nobody wanted to read. And eventually it led to Voltaire and Shakespeare.” — Larry Flynt, publisher, Hustler magazine, 2007

“If newspapers wither and die, it will be in part because the next generation blew us off in favor of Xbox and Wii and full-length movies on their iPods. … Maybe, in the end, we get the media we deserve.” — Howard Kurtz, media critic, The Washington Post, 2008

“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs.” — Stephen King, author, 2000

— Quotes from First Amendment Calendar, produced by the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, 2010