Illinois Mayor Claims Anonymous Bloggers No Different Than 9/11 Terrorists; Says Anonymity Is A First Amendment Challenge
from the the-federalist-papers,-anyone? dept
Phil Kadner, from The Southtown Star newspaper, who has been covering the mayor's comments, has a great response at the end of his writeup (the last link above):
I told him about the early days of newspapers in this country, when Founding Fathers such as Jefferson and Hamilton actually paid people to write scandalous articles under false names about their political enemies. Somehow the country survived and democracy thrived.And so, the mayor of Mokena gets a history lesson on the First Amendment from the press that the First Amendment enables. There's something nice about that, though, you would have hoped the history lesson would have come sooner.
Ultimately, you have to have faith in the wisdom of the average person. That's what the First Amendment really is all about.
Let everyone have their say, and the public decides who to believe. It was a radical idea then and still is today.