A quick note to the British Parliament: Freedom of the press is often annoying, usually chaotic-- but always essential to a free people. Historically, it's inevitably tempting for a government to "rein in" those folks, especially after they misbehave.
But even at its most anarchical, or lazy, or even occasionally corrupt... well, once you start "overseeing" the press, you've just decided that democracy is too troublesome to live with.
And the whole system of free people deciding their own fate... ends.
Watch out how you vote today, British MPs. There's more at stake than you may think.
-- Earl Merkel
POSTSCRIPT: And as long as we're at it: Mr. Holder, a "chilling effect" campaign against one news organization is a shot 'cross the bow of them all. Regardless of our politics and/or ideology, we're watching you closely too, Mr. Attorney General: