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The Press in a Free Society (MP3 download)

By Ayn Rand


For several years in the 1960s, Columbia University’s radio station WKCR hosted a program called “Ayn Rand on Campus,” featuring Rand and her associates lecturing and answering questions on a wide array of subjects.

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.

(MP3 download; 55 min., 39.39 MB)

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