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The First Amendment Must Fight Misinformation

The state of the First Amendment is perpetually in flux and it’s walking on shaky ground going into 2019. Trump Administration tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint in 2018 kicked off a series of layoffs at publications, reduced printing frequencies and forced closure of several smaller publications. The U.S. International Trade Commission overturned the tariffs this [...]

Acosta’s White House Ejection: Our Freedom of the Press is at Stake

Jim Acosta isn't the first and surely won't be the last reporter President Trump insults as a “rude, terrible person,” at a press conference, but this time the President's disdain for the media reached a new low. After a heated exchange, the White House pulled Acosta's press pass, claiming that he “put hands” on the [...]

Newsprint Tariffs Overturned, but the Damage is Already Done

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) recently overturned the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs of up to 30 percent on Canadian newsprint. The President’s policy went into effect in early 2018. The ITC ruled that Canadian imports don't cause "material injury" to U.S. paper producers. There is potential that the ruling will be [...]

Crippling Newsprint Tariffs & Your Freedom of the Press

The Commerce Department will soon decide whether or not to lift tariffs of up to 30 percent on uncoated Canadian paper that have been crippling already struggling newspapers across the country. The First Amendment right to Freedom of the Press is at stake here and Americans should be very concerned. Newsprint costs for large metro [...]

Does The First Amendment Apply to Hate Speech?

Last June the Supreme Court’s unanimous answer was NO. A band named “The Slants” was denied government trademarking because the name could be seen as demeaning to Asian Americans. They felt trademark denial based on their name violated their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The Supreme Court ruled that viewpoint discrimination - even [...]