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The Press in a Free Society

Ayn Rand

Presented at: Ayn Rand On Campus - Columbia WKCR Interviews

Date: Jan 01, 1962

In this two-part radio interview from the WKCR series, Ayn Rand responds to questions from students about the role of the press in a free society. Here are Ayn Rand's views on:

  • What the role of the press in a free society ought to be
  • Objectivity as the proper standard for news reporting
  • The importance of the freedom of the press
  • Whether reporters should ever conceal facts
  • The immorality of forcing private media companies to provide "equal time" for views that oppose their own editorial policy
  • Why coverage of the Vietnam War was poor
  • How a free press is crucial for fair and public trials;
  • How government licensing of TV and radio stations is a form of censorship

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Parts: 1

Handout: none

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  • e-Store, 2012 (En) - 55 mins
  • YouTube, 2018 (En) - 54 mins
  • Campus, 2018 (En) - 410 mins - Course contains 14 of the Columbia radio shows
  • CD, 2005 (En) - 55 mins - 1 CD
  • Soundcloud, 2014 (En) - 56 mins - contains 2 interviews