There's a lot of things that people in our government likely think that scare me. Ultimately I realize that I can't let fear of things that are unlikely to have much real affect on anything guide my every move.
Sadly I think the press has been worse and worse at all those things in the past decades. But I agree, we do need that type of thing in theory.The role of the fourth estate in...holding governmental entities accountable, airing their dirty laundry, keeping them answerable to the voters....it's really critical to maintaining all of our civil liberties.
AgreeDo I like Assange? No.
Do I think he's bungled some things? Absolutely.
Is he a good person? No.
None of those things matter in regards to legality, but other things might. For example, whether or not "Wikileaks" could be considered "The Press" does matter.But none of those things matter, because if we don't support a free/open/transparent government, we start to undermine other basic rights that we consider very important. The principles are more important than the person of Assange.
Let me put it to you this way.
If some random guy got sold a ton of classified information, went off on a street corner, and started shouting it out...is he "the press"? Is repeating classified information like that by a random guy "free speech"? Because if Wikileaks isn't considered the press, and is more like a Geocities web page about teddy bears rather than like the NYT, then he's in a similar position as the guy shouting on the corner.
My opponent is a liar, and he can not be trusted
This election began like a car wreck; a bad thing, but I couldn't help but look away. It's now more like a beheading video; a sickening display where I can't hit the red X fast enough.