News & Commentary

Regular commentary from the Freedom Forum Institute on First Amendment issues is now distributed under the “First Five” banner — which also includes a podcast and a weekly newsletter.

Countering Conspiracy Theories with Critical Thinking

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Conspiracy theories are growing, alongside their consequences, but it is possible to help limit their spread and harmful effects.
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A ‘More Modest’ Approach: Making Lemonade Without Lemon

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A recent court case deliberated over the deconstruction of the Bladensburg Cross due to citizens regarding it to be offending rather then a memorial honoring WW1 soldiers.
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Chipsters in the World: Washington, D.C.

Chipsters in the World: CQS program director Karen Catone receives a summer visitor at the Newseum in the nation’s capital, with two other Chipsters in tow – at least on paper.
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Phoenix NewsTrain: Requesting records

Rocío Hernández (Summer 2015) attends APME’s Phoenix NewsTrain to gain journalism skills and insights
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California Appeals Court Upholds Law Prohibiting False Reports of Bombs or Explosive Devices

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A California statute prohibiting persons from making a false report about a bomb or other explosive device does not violate the First Amendment, a state appeals court has ruled.
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First Five Newsletter: August 1, 2019

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Dismissed lawsuit against the Post, Google’s “election interference,” research survey on religious knowledge and more.
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Are Religious People Really Ignorant About Religion?

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The answer to that question depends entirely on what we think it means to know about religion.
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First Five Newsletter: July 25, 2019

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Biden wants to reinstate daily televised press briefings, a dismissed lawsuit against Facebook and more.
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Summer 2018: Sheila Raghavendran

Taking initiative led Sheila Raghavendran (Summer 2018) first to a public-radio internship and then to an array of stories.
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Let’s Get ‘Mad as Hell’ About the Vital Information We Won’t Get to See

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A democratic republic based in the ultimate authority of an informed electorate requires the highest degree of government transparency.
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