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May 29, 2012
Freedom of the press is a cardinal American right—a pillar of our democracy, a guarantor of our freedom and our free institutions. Cherished by all Americans, it is perhaps especially sacred to American liberals and the left. Without it, the injustices exposed by the civil rights movement, the government's duplicity about the Vietnam War, the abuses of the Nixon administration and the Watergate scandal—to name but a few landmarks—might never have come to light.