On February 27, 2015, an editorial was written in the Boone County Journal, R.I.P A Free Press, in response to HB261. To read R.I.P Free Press click here.
Boone County Treasurer Curt Newport submitted the below letter to the editor in response to R.I.P. A Free Press. It is expected to run in an upcoming Boone County Journal edition.
Letter to Editor By: Boone County Treasurer Curt Newport
“…Indeed, when we study the writings of the founders on the subject, it’s hard to imagine their definition of a “free press” as an industry that relies on government revenue for survival. In fact, I think the idea of taxpayer subsidized newspapers would have been absolutely repulsive to those who wrote the Bill of Rights. The ability to criticize the government is the very reason we need a free press, and a newspaper that depends on that same government for its very existence is the epitome of a conflict of interest.
Such was the irony that saturated the editorial “R.I.P. A Free Press” in the Feb. 27, 2015 edition of the Boone County Journal. The editorial predicted that without the revenue generated by state-mandated government advertising, newspapers would fold and the free press as we know it would cease to exist. Again, I maintain that any newspaper sustained by feeding at the taxpayers’ trough would not meet our founders’ definition of a free press in the first place….”
To read more from Treasurer Newport click here.