Inside the First Amendment

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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Shouting Down Free Speech

When speech becomes less about the communication of ideas and more about posturing and showing off your hatred for your enemies, fewer and fewer people will hear it.
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Tempest in a Teapot, or Taking A Necessary Stand

Guest columnist Jack Kirschenbaum discusses Richard Spencer’s visit to the University of Florida–and what the proper response should be to events like this.
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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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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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