One-Liner Wednesday — Despotism and the Free Press

“Despotism is the enemy of the people. The free press is the despot’s enemy.”

US Senator Jeff Flake

Yes, I’m as shocked as you are that I would choose to quote something said by the junior senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake.

Why am I shocked? Because he’s a Republican senator. And there’s usually very little said by any Republican politician that I consider to be quote worthy. However, when someone speaks the truth, it doesn’t matter to me whether that person is a liberal or a conservative, a Democrat or a Republican. If it’s the truth, it deserves to be quoted.

And in this case, what Senator Flake said is not an “alternative fact,” it’s not “fake news.” It’s simply the truth.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

 

6 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Despotism and the Free Press

  1. Sight11 January 24, 2018 / 6:24 am

    And what if press becomes a tool for supporting Despotic activities? (like it did in pre colonial times)

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    • Fandango January 24, 2018 / 7:24 am

      Then it won’t be a FREE press. It will be a propaganda tool of the despot, like Fox News is for Trump in the US.

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      • Sight11 January 24, 2018 / 7:35 am

        It became Free most of the times, but when it came to safeguarding the interest of Imperialistic forces they become supporters rather than opposing it. I’m afraid an Ombudsman is the only way to check whether or not any pillars of Democracy becomes Despotic. Although to be fair I believe in the expression, “Less regulations, more freedom”.

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