It's no secret that most ordinary citizens feel that the press (particularly the American press) has a "holier than thou" attitude, and hold themselves as the most important industry in the world. Afterall, they are the source of all the information we receive - both good and bad.
However, the recent events of the WikiLeaks has really become to question how important our freedom of speech and press is to us. Sure, I'm a firm believer in the First Amendment, Bill of Rights, and all other rights granted to me under the constitution. But at what price is this coming at?
Should the privacy of innocent peoples lives be sacrificed just because someone "thinks" that they can publish the information? What if billions of dollars were at stake? What if someone's life will certainly be lost if vital information was released? The Supreme Court in the United States upheld the New York Times publishing of some war strategies back in the 1900's. But does make the decision right?
I'm all for free speech (thus why I write articles here on Newsvine). But I also show respect to others and not release sensitive information without their permission - particularly if the information could be exploiting them.
Wasn't America founded to do what is right for her citizens, rather than exploiting them?
It seems to me that the press values their freedom over our right to privacy.
Which is more important to you?