"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Terms and conditions

The Eugene Register-Guard has a comprehensive rundown of the terms and conditions that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s handlers have imposed for her visit to Eugene – fairly extreme even by rock star standards. Among other things, they essentially block anything resembling serious news coverage of her appearance there.

Given which, the responsible response from the Register-Guard and the rest of the news media ought to be: Under these conditions, no news coverage of the event. Period. Other than how sealed off from the public it is, and how much money it makes – and who gets it.

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