The article discusses the myths surrounding the founding of the U.S. and the freedoms of information supposedly conferred by its founders in the drafting and ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Particular focus is given to the efforts of libraries in defending the public's right to know and their attempts to inform and instruct the public on the significance of openness in government. The misuse of a quote by former U.S. President James Madison about freedom of information is explored.
Original Publication Information
This article was originally published in Kentucky Libraries, volume 78, issue 2, in Spring 2014.
Chenault, John, "The myth of freedom of information." (2014). Faculty Scholarship. Paper 13.