news media

Presidential primary debates: Free speech as discussion or distraction?

Free speech matters most when we have something worth saying, regardless of whether the views are popular or not. In a political contest, this constitutional right and duty shouldn’t be wasted on trivial talk or spiteful spats.
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The new watchdogs: Muckraking in a digital era

State of the First Amendment 2015

The tenets of American journalism can be distilled down to a couple of basics: Reporters should report objectively and serve as a watchdog on people in power. But the public
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How much violence do we need to see – or report?

Baltimore riots

A tangle of violence and protest has engulfed parts of Baltimore and cannot be ignored by the news media. But how much reporting should be done, and when should it be done, and reports of what?
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