from today's paper
Sen. John Kerry is really ticked at our free press, not liking one little bit how it affords ordinary citizen critics of our government a chance to be heard.
These crowned despots were as serious as a branding iron in the face. In the early 1600s, when a Scotsman said he believed the Bible a better guide than kings, the English Court of the Star Chamber granted no trial in deciding to afflict that punishment along with cutting open his nose and hacking off his ears, one account recalls.In the American colonies, however, newspapers got rambunctious despite laws disallowing criticism even if it were true — in fact, especially if it were true, historians say. Ready to have at royal governors unlike almost any newspapers anywhere else in the world, many kicked rear ends whenever they thought rear ends were in need of kicking, and wise juries said the truth's OK to print, no matter what the law harrumphs.