Inside the First Amendment

Speaking your mind, when free speech has consequences

An ESPN reporter called Trump a white supremacist, and the White House suggested she be fired. Thanks to the First Amendment, ESPN gets the final say.
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Times-Palin ruling good for free speech, press

Sarah Palin

The court’s decision upholds First Amendment laws that protect not only journalists, but also members of the public who express political opinions.
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‘Freedom’ is best response to white supremacy hatemongers

Charlottesville protesters

Attempts to censor neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups is a betrayal of our nation’s core principles — not to mention ineffective and counterproductive.
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Sessions’s ‘leak’ warning to journalists misguided, misplaced

Threatening journalists for publishing leaked information is the wrong message, delivered by the wrong messenger.
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When Leaks Dry Up, We Turn to FOIA

United States Capitol

This is how the Freedom of Information Act works – in theory and in practice.
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Survey: More Americans see less media bias — but why?

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Our annual survey found a significant rise in the number of Americans who believe the media tries to report without bias. What’s behind this sudden surge in trust?
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Celebrate America’s hands-on lessons in freedom

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Collectively we may not know much about the First Amendment’s five freedoms, but we sure know how to use them.
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Still going strong after 225 years: Our love-hate relationship with the First Amendment

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Survey results show that Americans are supportive of the First Amendment in general–but critical of specific applications.
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No ‘backflips’ in the newsrooms quite yet

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While there’s been a decline in the number of Americans who think the news media is biased, the reason behind it remains unclear.

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Why protect speech we don’t want to hear? We need to hear it

Even speech that “inflicts great pain” is protected under the First Amendment, as recent Supreme Court decisions have shown.
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