08/22/15 8:00am
GARY PAUL GATES

GARY PAUL GATES

Earlier this month we observed the 70th anniversary of two military assaults that were so momentous in their impact that they sent us hurtling into a perilous new era, which soon became known as the Nuclear Age. I’m referring, of course, to the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and that other Japanese city. (more…)

08/16/15 11:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

This week marks the 280th anniversary of a landmark event in the history of a free press — the trial of John Peter Zenger — that occurred 100 miles west of Shelter Island on that other island of Manhattan.

In a two-day trial that began on August 4, 1735, Zenger, publisher of the New York-Weekly Journal, was found not guilty of seditious libel by a 12-member jury.

The charge was brought by a tyrannical colonial New York governor, William Cosby, who accused Zenger of printing “false, scandalous, malicious and seditious” articles. Zenger’s real crime? Bringing to light in the New York-Weekly Journal some shady machinations by Governor Cosby. (more…)