Freedom of the Press

“I confess that I do not feel toward the freedom of the press that complete and instantaneous love that one grants to things that by their very nature are supremely good. I love it out of consideration for the evils that it prevents far more than for the good that it does. If someone were to show me a tenable intermediate position between complete independence of thought and total servitude, I might adopt it, but can such a position be found?” (Tocqueville, Democracy in America)