excuse me mr glenn, i am just a kitten and we have only done 1 unit of global history but i think maybe you might have this backwards.
it seems like under the monarchies, theocracies, and fascist/authoritarian systems which comprise most of human history the role of journalists has been to parrot and spread the narrative of the people in charge.
mightn’t that imply that journalists traditionally ARE propogandists and that having them seek free expression represents the rare, beneficial exception that flowers under only the correct circumstances and which shouty boss-people will always try to strangle into submission?
because it looks like maybe we had that and like maybe we lost it.
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