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Freedom of the Press...For It or Against?

D.D. HardingCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2017

We, the writers for the Bleacher Report, have a very dangerous tool in our hands.

At any given moment, we can put pen to paper and change someone's world.

In this wonderful society we live in, we have many Freedoms that are referred to as Basic Freedoms. In truth, they are only basic because we have become so comfortable with them. Introduce these same "Basic" Freedoms in Cuba or China and they won't seem so basic.

We are free to write what we feel and others have the choice of reading it or turning the page. In one stroke of the pen, in one ill-advised moment, in a single peck of the keyboard, we can change someone's history.

How often does a teacher go down accused of inappropriate behavior because a student chose to settle a score? How frequently do we hear of an incident like Kramer, screaming the N-word to a heckler and forever changing his future?

How many times do we listen to apologies of politicians, radio talk show hosts, or athletes, who made one bad choice and forever change their history or the legacy of a teammate, friend, fan or spouse?

As writers, we have the responsibility to be honest and diligent researchers. The Internet is a wonderful tool in that we, as novice writers, have the ability to hone our writing skills. But as rookies, it is unlikely that we have been taught to check sources, double check facts, and in short be responsible for what we write.

 

An article I read yesterday on Hockeydirt.com from May of 2006, read as follows.

"NHL Captaincies: Blacks, Jews need not apply"

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