Wednesday’s roughing up of a Guardian reporter by a Montana congressional candidate (Republican, of course) might have ended up as a battle of allegations. The candidate and his staff issued a statement blaming the “liberal journalist” and his “aggressive behavior,” but those claims were flatly contradicted—by eyewitnesses, from Fox News of all places, but most importantly by audio tape.
Part of my conversion stems from an abiding distaste for corporate and government control-freakery. If we believe in liberty, we have to realize that we take risks to be more free. If we believe in competition, we sometimes have to intervene as a society to ensure that it’s fair. One way we try to ensure fair competition is enforcement of laws designed to promote it, notably antitrust rules that seek to prevent dominant companies from abusing their dominance.
VIDEOI am a fan of National Public Radio. Its news operation produces the best radio journalism in America, and some of the best journalism, period. I've been listening and donating to NPR stations for many years (not always each year, I must admit), and consider the network a national treasure. That's why I'm disappointed by the latest example of clumsiness by NPR's senior management.