Our Times: The Best from the Reporter

Our Times: The Best from the Reporter

Our Times: The Best from the Reporter

Our Times: The Best from the Reporter

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In the last few years there has been a distinct tendency in our country to use the word liberalism with qualifying adjectives or to quarantine it within quotation marks. Meanwhile, the idea of liberty is paid constant tribute by American politicians of both parties as a disembodied principle so secure in the high heaven of abstraction as to require no effort to be made operational. Yet what is a liberal, if not a man who gives all he has to make liberty operational, and develops the highest possible degree of skill this vocation demands?

The Reporter's liberalism is based on the belief that liberty, far from being an ethereal thing, is always identified with and related to specific and present situations. In our day and country, for instance, freedom of the press or of information needs defense not against the enemy of past times--censorship-- but against the peril of the present that is the oversupply of news. The point has been reached where freedom of the news, to be effectively operative, requires to be counterbalanced by a certain degree of freedom from the news. This is the specific situation in the publishing field to which The Reporter, this liberal publication, has applied itself. It manages to be quite selective in its handling of the news. It does not believe that all news items are born free and equal with a built-in or innate right to get into print. Other publications feel differently, but The Reporter sticks . . .

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