First Five: Sean Penn and journalistic ethics, live fact-checking, Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association, and unearned military medals

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SEAN PENN PENS A SCOOP

Sharon Shahid, Newseum
The Oscar winner’s Rolling Stone interview with drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is stirring a debate over journalistic ethics.


IF MONEY IS SPEECH, THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS A BILLIONAIRE’S DREAM

Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
Money is speech. Speech can’t be regulated. Therefore, money can’t be regulated. It’s a pretty simple syllogism. And, possibly, a pretty handy one.


THE SECRET TO LIVE FACT-CHECKING? BE VERY, VERY PREPARED

Alexios Mantzarlis, Poynter
Big presidential addresses and campaign debates are political junkies’ Superbowl: a live event scheduled long in advance that will be followed by a large audience of people who usually don’t care and tweeted about furiously by fans.


In the News

SUPREME COURT SEEMS POISED TO DEAL UNIONS A MAJOR SETBACK

Adam Liptak, The New York Times
In a closely watched case brought by 10 California teachers, the court’s conservative majority seemed ready to say that forcing public workers to support unions they have declined to join violates the First Amendment.


INDONESIA DENIES MEDIA VISA FOR FRANCE 24 REPORTER

Committee to Protect Journalists
CPJ condemns Indonesia’s refusal to issue a media visa to French journalist Cyril Payen. The Indonesian government’s decision follows the broadcast of Payen’s documentary, “The forgotten war in Papua.” The film examined allegations of state-sponsored human rights abuses and conflict-related casualties over the past 25 years in the country’s eastern Papuan provinces.


WEARING UNEARNED MEDALS IS PROTECTED BY FIRST AMENDMENT, APPEALS COURT RULES

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
An 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a portion of a federal law that made it a crime to wear an unearned military medal violated freedom of speech rights.

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