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DJP Update 7-17-2010 A President, a master giving speeches, shares wisdom on transparency

DJP Update 7-17-2010 A President, a master giving speeches, shares wisdom on transparency

DJP Comment: More reflections on messages from the past. An important message about transparency that applies not only to government but all organizations, especially in times of crisis. Balancing and judgment require wisdom. Frequently wisdom is gained by learning from errors. Experience and failures give all of us the opportunity to reflect, correct, and move to success. Implementing lessons learned is evidence of wisdom.

The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association

President John F. Kennedy

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

New York City, April 27, 1961

http://www.jfklibrary.org/Historical+Resources/Archives/Reference+Desk/Speeches/JFK/003POF03NewspaperPublishers04271961.htm

Complete TEXT of speech and also AUDIO of this speech available at this link. Be sure at least take the time to listen to the start of his speech to learn how to warm up the audience for a powerful message.

EXCERPT

It is the unprecedented nature of this challenge that also gives rise to your second obligation–an obligation which I share. And that is our obligation to inform and alert the American people–to make certain that they possess all the facts that they need, and understand them as well–the perils, the prospects, the purposes of our program and the choices that we face.

No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.

I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers–I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.

Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.

This means greater coverage and analysis of international news–for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security–and we intend to do it.

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END OF EXCERPT

Stay well,

Donald

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