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Two wrongs do not make a 'right' — but they can misuse one

December 7, 2017

Didn't we all learn, long ago, that "two wrongs don't make a right"? But two wrongs can misuse a right — as in our right to free expression, guaranteed by the First Amendment.

We're a big part of the fix for 'junk news'

November 14, 2017

Let's stop talking so much about "fake news." Not that we should ever cease identifying, talking about or countering misinformation, be it accidental error, the result of negligent work, or deliberately false — to which we must now add propaganda tactics aimed at destabilizing our democracy.

Shouting Down Free Speech

November 1, 2017

Is the First Amendment truly in danger? It can certainly seem like it when every week some new and alarming event happens that makes people wonder if our freedom to express ourselves is slipping away.

To Trump on NBC 'License' Tweet: No!

October 12, 2017

There's only one appropriate, spirit-of-freedom response to the "Trump tweet" on Wednesday asking when it's "appropriate" for the government to punish NBC News for a story the president didn't like:

Patriotism, respect for flag cannot be 'ordered'

September 29, 2017

Donald Trump is singing the wrong song about freedom, patriotism and First Amendment values. Over the weekend, Trump.

Hefner, Rolling Stone: Goodbye to two original free spirit, free speech icons

September 29, 2017

The twin icons of "hip" and "hippies" are no more.

Speaking your mind, when free speech has consequences

September 15, 2017

Some people like Donald Trump, and say nice things about him.

Times-Palin Ruling Good for Free Speech, Press

August 31, 2017

So Sarah Palin does not get to move forward with a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times for linking material on a Palin political website to shooting incidents targeting politicians.

'Freedom' Is Best Response to White Supremacy Hatemongers

August 15, 2017

Let them march in Charlottesville. Let them speak.

When Leaks Dry Up, We Turn to FOIA

August 4, 2017

When we talk about the importance of a free press, what we're really talking about is how important it is for the press to serve as a watchdog on the government. The highest responsibility of journalism is to supply the people with information about what their government is doing, so that the people can hold the government accountable, and make the best possible decisions when they vote.

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