The availability of timely, accurate news and information about what is going on around us is critical to a democratic society -- whether that information is about our national leadership, the current economic crisis, foreign conflicts, developments in the treatments of diseases, or what is happening in our local community.
Even in a time of blogs and Tweets, there is a role, indeed a powerful need, for at least some who take the time and yes, spend the money, to go out and report back on things that matter to all of us. It may sound nice to talk in terms of making the use of our reporting "free." But we must not take away the means by which we obtain the information in the first place. We must not let the free be the enemy of the "flow" when it comes to the free flow of information.