The Newspaper Guild: Patriotism's 2-Edged Sword
The Newspaper Guild is an unit of the Communications Workers of America,a labor organization for "Media Workers in the Information Age." Here's what they say about their work.
The Newspaper Guild-CWA, representing men and women employees in the newspaper industry throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, has long championed the unique role of a free press in a democracy. That role includes the right, obligation and necessity of free inquiry, of the uncensored exchange of news and information, and of vigorous debate and the exchange of conflicting views and opinions-the very essence of democratic self-governance. The importance of this role does not diminish in times of national crisis: indeed, because such crises may result in the expenditure of huge sums of money, national effort and human lives, it becomes even more critical that those who speak with a different voice be heard.This link takes you to a version of their page that's USA based. They also have Canadian version.
Therefore, it is with great concern that The Newspaper Guild-CWA notes these situations where those in the mass media whose views don't agree with the conventional wisdom have been punished. We believe such a reaction is un-American; it threatens to transform us into precisely the kind of zealots whose intolerance for other values and ways of life resulted in the deaths of more than 6,000 people on Sept. 11.