Freedom Of The Press Comes With A Cost

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Is it wrong for someone to boycott a business because they disagree with the way that business is presenting its product? No.

As citizens of the United States, we live in a country that has been blessed with a free enterprise system that allows us to have a choice about whom we do business with.

We're also blessed with a system that values freedom of speech and the press. And while the U.S. media are relatively free from government restrictions, the press is not economically free -- like any other business, we have a lot of bills to pay.

We value our advertisers. Their patronage allows us to present a quality product whose value becomes greater when we maintain a high standard of integrity.

Sometimes the necessity of generating an income runs head-on into our responsibility to be a forum for news and opinion. What we say and the way we do it occasionally angers otherwise loyal advertisers. On rare occasions, an advertiser tries to exert pressure to get us to change our opinion or the way we go about reporting the news.

That's not a comfortable position to be in -- to be asked to compromise our responsibility to the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Of course, we at the Roundup do not make this compromise. And we salute KMOG General Manager Blaine Kimball for voicing these same principles in a rare editorial statement he has broadcast on his station this week.

Mr. Kimball has made clear in his editorial that he too will not allow the threat of lost money or political pressure to control the opinions and news heard on KMOG.

We're not perfect and we're not always right. But our integrity is not for sale.

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