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The Alarming Rise in Verbal and Physical Threats to the Press

The Alarming Rise in Verbal and Physical Threats to the Press

Many presidents have had contentious relationships with the press. President John Adams’ 1798 Sedition Act made publishing anything critical of the government illegal, President Theodore Roosevelt tried to sue the press for unfavorable coverage and other leaders have tried to control the flow of information. However, the animosity towards the press fostered by President Donald Trump many believe is unprecedented.

November 14, 2017 Below the Fold, Leaks, Threats
Is Wikileaks a News Organization Protected by the First Amendment?

Is Wikileaks a News Organization Protected by the First Amendment?

Wikileaks role in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections continues to be investigated even as leakers face increasing recriminations under the Trump administration. What is next for Julian Assange and the tempest he unleashed? It depends on whether you think Assange is running a media organization or not. If he is, then the question is whether Wikileaks should be protected by[Read More…]

October 25, 2017 Leaks, Threats
Crackdown on Leakers From Obama to Trump Chills A Free Press

Crackdown on Leakers From Obama to Trump Chills A Free Press

Journalists often publish information taken from leaked classified documents. Does the First Amendment protect them from prosecution for doing so? The Supreme Court has not considered that exact question, but Bartnicki v. Vopper  suggests that journalists would indeed be protected as long as they were innocent recipients of the information—that is, they did not participate in or encourage the illegal[Read More…]

September 18, 2017 Leaks, News Gathering
Fox News Sued For Fabrications in DNC Leaks Story

Fox News Sued For Fabrications in DNC Leaks Story

August 1, 2017: Lawsuit Alleges Fake News Over Fox’s Coverage of DNC Staffer’s Death Fox News ran a story in May, later retracted, that a Democratic National Committee staffer was behind the leak of tens of thousands of emails from the DNC to WikiLeaks. The staffer, Seth Rich, was fatally shot in July 2016 in a robbery gone awry according[Read More…]

August 3, 2017 Leaks, Top Stories
The End of White House Press Briefings?

The End of White House Press Briefings?

Truncated, often truculent, and now off-camera, White House Press Briefings no longer provide a link to the Administration’s thinking, so what’s their worth?

July 12, 2017 Access, Leaks, News Gathering
New Revelations of Trump’s Threats to Jail Journalists Emerge

New Revelations of Trump’s Threats to Jail Journalists Emerge

What are the ramifications of President’s Trump’s threats to imprison journalists?

May 17, 2017 Leaks, Top Stories