Protect journalists with the same laws that protect all of us

Journalists at a protest

It’s a common misconception that journalists enjoy greater freedoms than their fellow citizens. They don’t — they have the same rights as everyone else. The Journalist Protection Act would change that.
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Demand truth, not junk news: Lessons of ‘PizzaGate,’ ‘IdiotGate’

CNN Atlanta headquarters

Recent threats to journalists, like the one against CNN from a 19-year-old in Michigan, may have been empty, but we shouldn’t take them any less seriously.
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Let’s focus on real journalism — not so-called “fake news”

Trump at news conference

President Trump’s “Fake News Awards,” the latest stunt in his anti-press campaign, contribute to a lessening American commitment to a free press.
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‘Weakening’ libel laws is not the right tactic — for anyone

Fire and Fury

Instead, Trump and other beleaguered public officials should defend themselves using the tools that only powerful people enjoy — a platform and a following.
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Two wrongs do not make a ‘right’ — but they can misuse one

"Rope Tree Journalist" T-shirt

Tricking journalists and joking about violence against them may be not against the law, but it’s still a misuse of our right to free expression.
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For source of fake reporter ‘robocall,’ look under a rock

Smartphone

The fake robocall was a disgusting attempt to discredit reporters investigating the sexual misconduct allegations against Senate candidate Roy Moore.
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We’re a big part of the fix for ‘junk news’

Individual consumers bear just as much responsibility as social media companies in the fight against junk news.
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To Trump on NBC ‘License’ Tweet: No!

Protesters

Trump’s suggestion to challenge NBC’s license is Nixonian, unpatriotic and undemocratic.
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Hefner, Rolling Stone: Goodbye to two original free spirit, free speech icons

Rolling Stone and Playboy

With the impending sale of Rolling Stone and the death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, the sun sets on two champions for free expression.
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Patriotism, respect for flag cannot be ‘ordered’

NFL players take a knee

This weekend’s Take a Knee controversy brings to mind failed efforts from our past to mandate patriotism.
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