Paul Greenberg

Only when cable television and talk radio and the whole outpouring of unconventional opinions was allowed again, in the true spirit of the First Amendment, was American journalism rejuvenated. And the grip of the old establishment broken.

Our professor calls that kind of well-regulated news and opinion professionalism, and he has a point. For every profession, to quote George Bernard Shaw, is a conspiracy against the laity.

So relax, friend. Keep your cool. All that hubbub you're so shocked by is just the rebirth of a newly freed press. Don't be afraid of it. Welcome it.

Celebrate it. Raise a little hell yourself. It's still a free country, and it's still in its youth. So keep the faith. And buy a newspaper.

--Inky Wretch

Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.