Free press has no right to deceive

Free press has no right to deceive

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Over the years, but particularly in the last year, there has been a lot of discussion about the rights of a free press. Without question our republic benefits from the oversight this constitutionally protected right provides. As with nearly all rights, there are responsibilities that accompany this right for it to be beneficial to society.

This responsibility is to exercise this right in a fair and truthful manner. Not abiding by this responsibility makes this right at best ineffective and at worst very damaging. The right of a free press is not a license to deceive and lie.

Dan Farmer

Billings

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