The Press: Non-Essential for Our Lives
According to Robert J. Haiman's Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, Americans believe freedom of press is essential, but at the same time they say the press has too much freedom (71-3).
I say that alot of time and thought is spent arguing over the power of the press and media. I tired of hearing people say how essential journalists are to our lives: finding governement scandals, reporting the news, investigating problems for us....yada yada yada...blah blah blah.
Newspapers and their journalists are not essential to our lives. Newspapers are about as essential as toilet paper. It's convenient, but you can do without it. How often do you see people complaining about toilet paper?