The above is footage form the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner. The first four minutes are a relative riot. Then it got suuuuurious toward the end:
“You know, in the last months, we’ve seen journalists threatened, arrested, beaten, attacked, and in some cases even killed simply for doing their best to bring us the story, to give people a voice, and to hold leaders accountable. And through it all, we’ve seen daring men and women risk their lives for the simple idea that no one should be silenced, and everyone deserves to know the truth.
That’s what you do. At your best that’s what journalism is. That’s the principle that you uphold. It is always important, but it’s especially important in times of challenge, like the moment that America and the world is facing now.
So I thank you for your service and the contributions that you make. And I want to close by recognizing not only your service, but also to remember those that have been lost as a consequence of the extraordinary reporting that they’ve done over recent weeks. They help, too, to defend our freedoms and allow democracy to flourish.
God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America. ”
What are we talking about here? The rights to truthful information? Holding the state accountable? …..?
Mr. President, I urge you release Bradley Manning from solitary confinement, and relieve him of the torture he is experiencing at the hands of the US government. 2 Reuters reports were killed during this reported incident, to surface the truth, and hold world leaders accountable.
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