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Here's to freedom of the press

A News.com reader says it's ironic that in a country built upon freedom of speech and freedom of the press, he has to go to a Web log to get current information.

 

  
Here's to freedom of the press

In response to the Dec. 4 column by CNET News.com's Jennifer Balderama, "Where Internet promises remain unfulfilled":

Excellent column. I briefly considered a career in journalism and was always taught that a big part of my job would be keeping those in authority honest. I guess that part of the job has been set aside in favor of other interests, although I can't begin to guess what they might be.

I do find it especially ironic that in a country which was built upon the dual foundations of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, I have to go to a Web log frequented by citizens of other countries to get current information about a man (Osama bin Laden) whose name I hear several times a day from our own government officials.

I've no doubt that this will come back to bite us--and hard. I only hope it doesn't get too bad before then, and that we can fix it when it does. Thanks for saying what desperately needs to be said, but too few seem to have the courage for.

Alan Ratcliff
Livermore, Calif.