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Free press survival

Stuart Rosenthal, Publisher

I think it’s fair to say that America’s bedrock commitment to a free press has never been under heavier assault than it is today. Do we have a sound, independent, even fierce press corps that digs out the truth at any cost and spares no one? Or are we surrounded by faux news outlets, “bot” reporters, and marketing pieces masquerading as legitimate reviews? Do we look to the press to inform us and enlighten us? Or do we read only those outlets that confirm our preconceived notions? These questions go to the heart of our democracy, and truly should be asked by every American, of whatever political stripe or belief. And asked not only of those producing the news sources we choose to

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Can you relate?

Stuart Rosenthal, Publisher

You have probably seen some of the immense publicity devoted worldwide to the terminally ill British infant, Charlie Gard. Charlie was born with a rare genetic condition that has, in his 11 months of life so far, made him blind, deaf, subject to seizures, and caused irreversible brain damage. He cannot breathe without the aid of a ventilator. There are no known treatments for his condition, no prospect of reversing any of the damage, and only the vaguest promise of help through an experimental treatment proposed by an unnamed American doctor who admits the treatment has never been tried on any living thing. And yet, the story of Charlie has generated huge interest worldwide, and his