Free Speech and Unfree News

The Paradox of Press Freedom in America

Author: Sam Lebovic

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780674969612

Category: Freedom of the press

Page: 334

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"Does America have a free press? Many who answer yes appeal to First Amendment protections that shield the press from government censorship. But in this comprehensive history of American press freedom as it has existed in theory, law, and practice, Sam Lebovic shows that, on its own, the right of free speech has been insufficient to guarantee a free press. Lebovic recovers a vision of press freedom, prevalent in the mid-twentieth century, based on the idea of unfettered public access to accurate information. This “right to the news” responded to persistent worries about the quality and diversity of the information circulating in the nation’s news. Yet as the meaning of press freedom was contested in various arenas—Supreme Court cases on government censorship, efforts to regulate the corporate newspaper industry, the drafting of state secrecy and freedom of information laws, the unionization of journalists, and the rise of the New Journalism—Americans chose to define freedom of the press as nothing more than the right to publish without government censorship. The idea of a public right to all the news and information was abandoned, and is today largely forgotten. Free Speech and Unfree News compels us to reexamine assumptions about what freedom of the press means in a democratic society—and helps us make better sense of the crises that beset the press in an age of aggressive corporate consolidation in media industries, an increasingly secretive national security state, and the daily newspaper’s continued decline." -- Book jacket.

Mass Media and American Politics

Author: Doris A. Graber,Johanna Dunaway

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1506340229

Category: Political Science

Page: 536

View: 8794


This comprehensive, trusted core text on media's impact on attitudes, behavior, elections, politics, and policymaking is known for its readable introduction to the literature and theory of the field. Mass Media and American Politics, Tenth Edition is thoroughly updated to reflect major structural changes that have shaken the world of political news, including the impact of the changing media landscape. It includes timely examples of the significance of these changes pulled from the 2016 election cycle. Written by Doris A. Graber—a scholar who has played an enormous role in establishing and shaping the field of mass media and American politics—and Johanna Dunaway, this book sets the standard.

The Taming of Free Speech

Author: Laura Weinrib

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674545710

Category: History

Page: 461

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Laura Weinrib shows how a coalition of lawyers and activists made judicial enforcement of the Bill of Rights a defining feature of American democracy. Protection of civil liberties was a calculated bargain between liberals and conservatives to save the courts from New Deal attack and secure free speech for both labor radicals and businesses.

Critical Perspectives on Freedom of the Press and Threats to Journalists

Author: Bridey Heing

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 0766098540

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 224

View: 4992


In political dictatorships or other forms of authoritarian governance, freedoms of the press are often curtailed first before any other liberties are revoked. This is because the press is integral to democracy and to keeping citizens informed of important political happenings so that they can become more informed voters. In some countries, such as Russia, journalists face extreme pressure to toe the party line; if they speak out against the government they are threatened and can even be killed. While most journalists do not fear for their lives in the United States, the press has faced increasing scrutiny from the White House. In this text, various experts weigh in on this important issue so readers can become more informed about the importance of, and the abuses toward, a free media.

An American Paradox

Censorship in a Nation of Free Speech

Author: Patrick M. Garry

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text


Category: Political Science

Page: 157

View: 5541


Looks at examples of censorship in America, suggests possible causes, and argues that the breakdown of communities and the insecurity of the times has contributed to the problem