Democracy in America
The U.S. political system’s philosophy as described in the Constitution is that sovereignty ultimately resides with the citizenry. The public reserves the right to know what our elected officials are doing and decide whether they are getting the job done. The media, as provided by the first amendment, assist the public in developing those judgements. One can certainly argue as to the relative efficiency and honesty (especially these days) with which the media perform this role. But, as Alexis de Tocqueville observed in Democracy in America; “I love it more from considering the evils it presents than on account of the good it does.” Without a free press, our democracy quickly turns to a tyranny.