Skip to comments.American Journalism and the Constitution (Tony Snow)
Posted on 12/11/2001 2:09:00 AM PST by leadpenny
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Chow down, FReepers. This is good stuff.
Reaching into one's own mind for answers and solutions, in total ignorance of the history of the nation and the history of a free press, produces nothing but trach and twaddle. That's why most of the talking heads on TV, and typing heads in the print media are worse than useless, They are an active danger to the survival of the Republic.
"Many of these sites are livelier, smarter and more informative
than the old media they hope to supplant."
Think he was talking about us??? Go Tony!!
If he wasn't - he should've been. That was the line I liked too.
One can find dozens of Web sites devoted to supplying points of view still absent from ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and NPR.
BTW, do you think he was getting in a not so subtle plug for FOX? Way to go Tony.
Bump your comments. Sometimes I think back to a few years ago before I was connected and couldn't sleep - like now. I remember thinking it was 'cool' that the networks had put up all-night programming like ABC News Now with Aaron Brown, and how far the world had come from signing off with the National Anthem and going to test patterns. Wow, were we ever getting the latest stuff. Not.
As for Rush, I can take him or leave him. If I'm in the car I try to catch him (unless there is something more interesting on C-SPAN Radio). I wouldn't want to sound like I was trying to push Rush out the door, but it would be an interesting thread theme to see who FReepers thought should replace him. Probably has been done. I have no preference, however, Snow and Hannity would love to have the Golden Microphone, I'm sure.
One other thing, I see I have to learn to spell IMPRIMIS. (and a lot of other words)
As far as Rush is concerned, I hope I didn't come off as being anti-Rush -- i'm not. I still think he is the (well-deserved) king of talk radio and I generally listen to him whenever I get a chance. But, it can be a little tiring listening to only one man, and besides a little variety doesn't hurt anyone (we need to support more conservatives than just Limbaugh). Sometimes I enjoy hearing other intelligent and witty conservatives, like Tony Snow or Brit Hume, pounding tables and standing for what's right and true. It makes conservatism more fun (to me).
That's why I always look forward to Snow guest-hosting --he's great. Limbaugh is a good conservative, but he tends to focus on smaller government issues entirely, and doesn't spend much of his energy on discussions about society and family. Tony, on the other hand, is a good conservative across the board (both economically and socially- which I appreciate because i'm an economic conservative and I believe in conservative virtues as well). I think Tony is at his best when he discusses moral concerns like society, culture and family; and his beliefs in God and the right to life.
As far as Sean Hannity is concerned, he won't be guest- hosting anymore because he has his own "national" show now (which is fine by me because i've never been fond of Hannity- he's has too many overbearing qualities and he doesn't know how to make good conservative arguments). I hope that Rush will replace Hannity with Brit Hume- he's fabulous!!!
I agree entirely with your sentiments about the "big three networks"- in short- they suck ('big time', as Dick Cheney would say)! And, yes, I caught the misspelling of IMPRIMIS. I wanted to check out the website to see all the lectures they had to offer, so I typed in IMPRIMUS- to no avail. I finally figured out I must be spelling it wrong. But don't worry, I would have made the same mistake as you(in fact- I did)!
Bump is a way for someone to agree with your comments and/or put the thread at the top of the forum. Ping is to alert you to that thread in case you haven't seen it. A ping bumps a thread but a bump is not a ping. Some FReepers have very large Ping lists. BTW, IMO, there are no stupid questions on FR. If you go to my profile page you'll see a couple of threads that are bookmarked: HTML Sandbox, etc. I never read 'em.
"All Americans have a deep interest in maintaining the Constitution. This might seem especially true of journalists, who owe their livelihoods to the founding document that frames our freedoms. Yet for some reason, American journalists in recent decades have assailed that document with startling vigor - and have seemed blissfully ignorant of their treachery. Fortunately, the Constitution itself supplies a cure for this malady.Wow. I just read this in my copy of IMPRIMIS, and was VERY impressed with the writing of Tony Snow.
...Before I consider how and why the Constitution does this, consider a few of the fundamental ways in which it safeguards liberty...
...Free expression, virtue, capitalism and limited government were four of the main pillars that upheld America through its first two centuries.
...Yet here we return to a source of wonder: America's journalistic establishment, which owes its existence and authority to the Constitution, fails to appreciate the Constitution's intellectual architecture. Indeed, that establishment has mounted a sustained assault on each of the pillars of the American system I have just discussed.
I always thought that he was a "lightweight" when he guest-hosted for Rush, but it appears that I was WRONG.
This article is GREAT!
"Fortunately, the Constitution - the forgotten document in the journalism biz - has come to the rescue. Court decisions have chipped away at old media monopolies, and now a profusion of new media has risen to supply facts and points of view the old elite brazenly ignored. Talk radio, the Internet and cable television have shattered the "mainstream" media's grip on the distribution of facts and ideas...Bravo, Tony Snow!
...The great and fitting irony is that the modern media establishment, in reviling America's constitutional principles and established institutions, broke its traditional links to the public, creating a market for its successor and bringing forth a tantalizing prospect: a full-fledged revival of the free, open, and spirited public debate, facilitated by a free and pluralistic press, that Americans took for granted throughout most of our nation's history."
(If you want OFF - or ON - my "Hugh Hewitt PING list" - please let me know.)
Socialism enjoyed cachet because the press had come to view limited government as a menace rather than a safeguard. Few mainstream press organs share Madison's apprehension in Federalist 48 about the government "everywhere extending the sphere of its activities and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex." (Note: Madison in this passage was referring specifically to Congress.) Journalists consider tax revenues a secular tithe and measure virtue in terms of government outlays. When a president says he wants to attack some problem or other, the first question from reporters inevitably is: "How much are you going to spend?" - not, "What can we do?"
Agree. Great article. Thanks for the flag, Ron.
I like Britt Hume and John Bishop
there in front of the TV camera!
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