Press Access
Gene Policinski

Gene Policinski Commentary: President’s Press Credential Threat Will Be ‘Trumped’ By The First Amendment

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on May 11, 2018, on the Newseum blog, […]

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President Trump Takes Fake News Accusations To New Level Tweeting Negative Coverage Equals Fake News

Presidents make use of all forms of communication to get their message out to voters. No other President has so effectively used Twitter as President Trump who has called it his "own form of media" used to counter "fake news." In his latest deluge, President Trump equates negative news coverage with "fake news" and threatens to revoke press credentials (again). The central role of the First Amendment is to protect the people in their writings about government affairs and government officials—and especially when it is negative, as that is when the government is most likely to try to punish writers. As James Madison wrote in his Virginia Report of 1800, freedom of the press protects the "right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon, which has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right.” 

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Eric Swalwell

Journalist Protection Act Introduced in Congress

February 7, 2018: Journalists Need Legislated Protection Says House Rep With attacks both verbal and physical against journalists on the […]

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U.S. Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Idaho’s Ag Gag Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Idaho’s ag gag law that criminalized the making of […]

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Lata Nott Podcast: Journalism in the Age of Trump

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Lata Nott, originally published this podcast on the Newseum blog, and has given First […]

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Jason Aldean

Country Music Association Backtracks on Reporter Ban At Awards Gala

The Country Music Association first told reporters covering the annual awards event next week that questions about “the Las Vegas […]

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The President’s Mar-A-Lago Retreat and Presidential Access

Throughout history, U.S. Presidents have relied on private retreats to recharge during the trials of governing. George H.W. Bush had a […]

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Wyoming “Ag-Gag” Law Struck Down

Many states have tried to put "ag gag" laws in place. Wyoming's is the latest to fall before the courts free speech arguments.

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