First Amendment

The First Amendment Receives a C+ in Fall Report Card

“Grades” for freedom of speech and assembly dropped this quarter after events like the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., eroded public support for the First Amendment.
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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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Let Them March

Jeffrey Herbst

Newseum President and CEO Jeffrey Herbst responds to the attempts to suppress alt-right speech, assembly in wake of Charlottesville protests.
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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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Survey: More Americans see less media bias — but why?


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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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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Trump’s Use of Twitter Puts Him in Constitutional Hot Water

Supreme Court

The president’s tweets may be used against him in court in two separate legal battles.
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Hassling journalists damages our ‘watchdog on government’

Another incident of a journalist being “manhandled” at a federal office building should set off alarm bells across partisan lines.
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Why Social Media Keeps Failing Us

Social media may never strike the right balance between free expression and safety, decency and truth.
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