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Chapter 3. WHO WANTS TO KNOW WHAT ABOUT ... > Freedom of or Freedom from the Press

Freedom of or Freedom from the Press

In this discussion we've located two broad types of interest in information about specific people: entertainment and education.

We have another type of interest in certain kinds of public persons. We want to make sure that they are executing their public duties with care for the trust placed in them. Scandalous behavior in the Congress, the White House, or the Governor's mansion has always interested us. Some argue that people who act badly in one area of their lives shouldn't be trusted with our interests or allowed to control the spending of our tax dollars. Others argue that just because a person acts badly toward a family member, for instance, doesn't mean we shouldn't trust them with our army and navy. The two types of activities are not the same. We are pretty sure that we don't want convicted embezzlers having control of public funds. We are pretty sure that people who cheat in counting votes shouldn't represent us. We are not as sure if people who lie about matters of sexual preference or matters of their health should be elected. Cultural stigmas might matter more than we would like to think.


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