“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
–The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States
The First Amendment of the Constitution is one of the single most important sentences written in U.S. history. It guarantees the freedom of religion, speech, press, and protests. These are staples of American democracy, all of which must be never be infringed upon, because when they are infringed upon, democracy is lost.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
In our modern era, this simple sentence could not be more true. Our liberty is dependent upon freedom of the press, because the role of the press is to inform the populous on things that matter. And a government by the people, for the people, is completely dependent upon an informed, educated populous.
There are many media entities that have claimed to support this notion, while simultaneously subverting it by advancing a false narrative. And thus promulgating the problem known as “fake news.”
Here at The Precedent, we intend to do the exact opposite.
The Precedent is an online publication looking to set the precedent for outstanding news reporting, quality, factually based political opinions, and so much more. We are striving to be the pinnacle of the free press, and the only entity to bring you both sides of the argument, so that you, the people can formulate your own opinion.
We hope you’ll join us on our journey to restore freedom of the press to the precedent set forth for us by the founders of our great nation.
– Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Precedent, Baylor Cook