The First Amendment of the US Constitution establishes the freedom of the press, but it does little to protect citizens from tyranny of the press.

The Founders added the First Amendment to check tyranny by prohibiting government interference with the press. They expected the press would engage the public in a broader discourse free from the sort of censorship the Colonists had experienced from the King of England.

Through creating separation from government, the Founders inadvertently sponsored another monster armed with the ability to wield considerable political influence and citizen oppression, some would argue even control.

As Ben Franklin would attest, publishing to mass markets buys significant influence and power. Within the nature of humans is the desire to gain power to oppresses others with. Inventive as we humans are, we have yet to cure this malfunction in ourselves.

In the days when print media was the only public media, people read newspapers religiously. Journalism was more realistic and useful to people than it is today. There are many examples of exploitation, but few as famous as the Hearst empire.

On his way to building the largest print media empire in the country, William Randolph Hearst demonstrated how much political influence newspapers could buy and pushed past conventional thoughts about operating media. Hearst initiated predatory and monopolistic schemes of corruption which included engaging in “yellow journalism,” a method that remains in use today. Yellow journalism moved away from the tradition of serving readers a paper filled with news stories, to a tool driven exclusively by an over-reaching profit motive destined to exploit advertisers and customers alike.

While the influence of newspaper media has waned with the acceptance of alternative mass communications technologies–primarily radio and television–no competing force has has been as disruptive to newspapers as the Internet. If not for the Internet, this writer would have no voice, for newspapers won’t print what you read here, nor would they ever employ writers who refuse to subordinate to their corporate editorial dictatorship. Thank goodness for the Internet and the soapbox it offers.

Newspapers are engaging in exceedingly notorious schemes to stay afloat and crushing innocent households in the process. Through their overzealous attempts to nab markets, they perpetrate multiple direct and unintended assaults on people in Klamath; stories of people they will never share with you in their so-called “news-papers.”

KLAMATH HERALD AND NEWS

Non-subscribers are harassed in several ways. The Herald sets up tables at the entrance to major grocery stores like Fred Meyer, hounding shoppers to subscribe. They have experimented with direct mail, crowding mailboxes with bulky unsolicited junk. But the worst practice is when they litter your home with their special editions filled with advertising.

Only someone with their head in the clouds in an ivory tower could feign ignorance of the consequences of trespassing on real estate to deposit litter from their organization. This, from an entity that packs each issue with articles on crime and summary reports of crimes committed. There’s no defensible justification for doing this, considering what occurs downstream.

The litter is bad enough, but that’s not the bulk of the assault the practice of leaving materials causes.

Recently, a very kind, worldly woman passed away, leaving her possessions to charities and a collection of rare antiques to her family. As their scheduled allowed, usually every few weeks, the family visited the house to check on it and work on packing the contents. A family member was shocked when returning to discover everything of value had been stolen. Among the unwanted items left on the premises were two of the rolled up and bagged Herald and News papers tossed on the front porch. This relative couldn’t help but be suspicious that the newspapers helped bring the vacant house to the attention of burglars.

This family didn’t want to be identified, but this is a true story and is not an isolated case. It has happened with repossessed and vacated homes. Many residents that work or travel out of town are worried about their homes being vacant. If they don’t know anyone willing to be constantly vigilant to clear such random garbage newspapers from their lawn or porch, the risk of a break-in obviously increases.

This practice of leaving materials at homes serves only the selfish desires of entities like the Herald and News, and although they are a constant perpetrator, they are not the only invader. Random marketing entities, religious organizations, utilities and police also paper residences with clues of vacancy when no one is home.

ALL THESE TRESPASSING LITTERERS NEED TO STOP! If a resident wants your paper, service or religion, they will contact you. Stop invading our privacy; stop placing a flag on our properties that helps burglars find easy targets for robbery.

Citizens can help as well by performing one easy task. Don’t use services or products from entities that demonstrate how little they care about the security of our homes.