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The Freedom of the Press Is Yours

It is your right as an American to read what you will, to write what you think, and to publish what you believe.
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The press, says the 45th president of the United States, is “very dangerous & sick.” It causes “great division & distrust.” It is the “enemy of the people.”

Every president—starting with George Washington, who griped about his treatment at the hands of “infamous scribblers”—has felt maligned or misunderstood by the media. The rhetoric now emanating from

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