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July 12, 2014

Letter: First Amendment protects newspapers

The newspapers for hundreds of years was our source of news, and I believe recognized information is the currency of a democracy and Americans' freedom depends on a free press providing factual nonbiased reporting. Reading, I believe, increases awareness, before radio and television and the so-called real time reporting, newspapers influenced trust or mistrust of our government, they, it seems, took their responsibility seriously and were the watch dogs of government corruption.

Remember Watergate? Monica? Iran Contra? The daily reporting resulted in people going to jail and even impeachment.

How often have you read about Benghazi? Fast and Furious? IRS investigations?

Reminder to the press, your profession is protected within the First Amendment of our Constitution. Please, once again, for the sake of this nation, take your responsibility seriously, report.

In my opinion the people is dependent on the press to keep us aware. If this awareness is lost, so too is freedom, including freedom of press.

Danny Hayes

Alexandria

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