A strong, independent free press is the bedrock of democracy. When authoritarian leaders assume control, often the first action taken is to limit the free press. Knowing that government officials often lie, do you want to get all of your information from the government? Knowing that the script of a 30-minute TV news show fits on P. 1 of the New York Times, do you think you get the news you need solely from television? Democracy is interactive. You’ve got to want it. You’ve got to get involved. Here’s a start, read. Read this column. Continue reading. Learn. Educate yourself. A fight for a free press is a fight for democracy.