State of the First Amendment Commentary

Survey Shows that Americans are Becoming Savvier News Consumers

Fake News

About 30% of Americans engage with the news every day of the week, and almost three out of four of all Americans do something to verify the news they receive, according to a new survey by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute.
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State of the First Amendment — as others see it

There’s no doubt that a huge number of Americans are unable to name the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment — national survey results each year since 1997 sadly leave little doubt about that circumstance.
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State of the First Amendment 2015

State of the First Amendment 2015

In a dramatic reversal from last year, less than 20 percent of Americans now think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.
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The First Amendment and the power of ‘fear’

State of the First Amendment 2015

President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In a world wracked by terrorism, that carries even more meaning today.
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New Thought on ‘the Flag’ – and a New Lyric Line for ‘Dixie’

State of the First Amendment 2015

A new survey shows that a majority of all Americans agree with banning the Confederate battle flag from license plates, public buildings and store shelves.
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After Gay Marriage, Can We Move from Battleground to Common Ground?

State of the First Amendment 2015

In recent years, religious freedom — or, more precisely, religious freedom claims — have been front and center in the battle over same-sex marriage.
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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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Poll Shows Disconnect Between Public Opinion and Supreme Court Over License Plates

State of the First Amendment 2015

Public opinion and the U.S. Supreme Court disagree when it comes to whether a state can deny a specialty license plate to a group that wishes to display the Confederate flag.
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Survey Shows Support for Students’ Off-Campus, Online Speech

State of the First Amendment 2015

The most pressing question in student speech (K-12) law is “When are school officials allowed to exert authority over students for off-campus, online speech?”
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In new poll, marriage equality beats religious objections

State of the First Amendment survey finds majorities support same-sex health benefits and requiring wedding businesses to serve gay couples, religious beliefs notwithstanding.
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