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Humor, satire: Making the political ‘cut,’ from our earliest days

Oct 15, 2020

As Election 2020 approaches, Gene Policinski talks about the great American tradition of humor and satire that has marked virtually every election and focuses us on facts that otherwise might be lost in ...

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Trump and COVID-19: How ‘free’ are/should we be?

Oct 8, 2020

Gene Policinski talks about how the First Amendment provides protection for what we "could" say and report about President Trump's COVID-19 illness. The "-ish" questions revolve more around what we all ...

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News organizations across the country receiving pushback for reporting coronavirus statistics

Oct 1, 2020

Just as some people are tiring of taking precautions against the novel coronavirus, helping it spread, I'm sure some newsrooms are tiring of covering it. And that helps it spread, too, by making it seem ...

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Pandemic offers a chance to reset

Oct 1, 2020

Colleges and universities have become the new pandemic hot spots across the country. A New York Times study of more than 1,600 American colleges and universities — including every four-year public ...

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Surviving a crisis — is your newspaper in trouble?

Oct 1, 2020

Jerry Bellune shared the following editorial that ran in the Sept. 24 edition of the Lexington (South Carolina) County Chronicle & The Dispatch News. "It's a letter to our readers and advertisers ...

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You have a right to speak, assemble, petition — so now, register to vote

Sep 24, 2020

Gene Policinski talks about the importance of National Voter Registration Day and how voting on Nov. 3 is the ultimate expression of our First Amendment right "of the people peaceably to assemble, and ...

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Attention police: Stop attacking journalists for doing their jobs

Sep 17, 2020

Gene Policinski talks about another recent press/police incident and how police must recognize that journalists observing arrests are not interfering – they are present to represent all of us, as ...

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‘What comes before freedom of speech?’

Sep 11, 2020

David Callaway talks about freedom of speech and what came before that – freedom of conscience, and how the right to believe our deepest beliefs originally separated what we think of as the First ...

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The right to peacefully protest needs better supporters

Sep 3, 2020

Laws like the ones proposed by Congressman Banks create what we call a “chilling effect” on First Amendment rights. They don’t outright ban assembly, but create repercussions that intimidate ...

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