April 14, 1934 - Editorial - Free Speech, by George Lorimer

It is fortunate from every point of view that the newspapers of the country have been so insistent in recent months upon their right to freedom of expression. In their NRA code, as finally approved by President Roosevelt, there is a clause which states that "in submitting or subscribing to this code, the publishers do not waive any constitutional rights or consent to the imposition of any requirements that might restrict or interfere with the constitutional guaranty of freedom of the press."

The President says that this clause is "pure surplusage," that it "has no meaning," and no more place in the code "than would the recitation of the whole Constitution or the Ten Commandments." General Johnson and Mr. Richberg have poked mild fun at the publishers for their insistence upon its inclusion. The freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution will be scrupulously respected, says the President. (pg. 26)

Comments: If the newspaper editors were not concerned that the New Deal was violating the Constitution, then why did they do this? Also, this was the first time in the country's history that the Federal Government imposed a code upon the press.

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