There’s always been pressure to sit down, shut up, don’t ask the tough questions. Go along to get along. Every administration has done it. But each succeeding administration has gotten better at it. If we aren’t careful, the tradition in American journalism of “Be skeptical. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t be afraid to put tough questions to power” will be shaken. It’ll be serious, something much bigger than journalism. The issue speaks to what kind of country we are and what kind of country we’re going to become.

Dan Rather (b. 1931) American broadcast journalist
“What I’ve Learned,” Esquire (Aug 2005)

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