Abusing “Free Speech”

  Freedom of speech is one of America’s most hallowed traditions, but it is becoming a dangerous one. Like any freedom, it must have limits. We are not free to do any number of things – murder, robbery, assault – even trespassing on a neighbor’s lot. Why should speech be different? Free speech has been […]
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Who is the Real Enemy?

    When White House¬†press secretary¬†Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuses to walk back Trump’s rant that the press is “the enemy of the people,” warning bells should be ringing across the land. Thomas Jefferson observed that: When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing the words of a a tyrant. Attacking the independent media […]
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Squelching the Media

  Trump is threatening to revoke the media credentials of news organizations that run negative stories about him. But I wonder whether he can legally do that. The freedom of the press is uniquely guaranteed in the US Constitution, and I don’t see how the press can be free to do its job if a […]
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Just What is “the Press” and Why is it Free in America?

Everyone complains about “the press” in America – including me. Conservatives say journalists are too liberal; liberals say they’re too conservative – and so on. Today “the press” is a vast, diverse mess on television and radio, on the Internet and in an overwhelming array of printed publications, a far cry from the days of […]
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