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What Some Reporters Get Wrong About The First Amendment

from Columbia Journalism Review

The First Amendment is having a moment. It earned a C+ on a recent report card from the Newseum Institute. It’s the beating heart behind The Post, about the publication of the Pentagon Papers. And it’s the through-line that connects countless controversies around the country: Trump’s cease-and-desist letter to Michael Wolff to try to halt the release of his book, a religious man’s refusal to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, kneeling during the national anthem, and so on.

Given all that, you’d think Americans would know more about the First Amendment. Yet a recent survey showed that 37 percent of those polled couldn’t name one of its five freedoms, while 39 percent said Congress should be able to prevent the press from reporting on national-security issues without government approval. more

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