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Questions about Murdoch influence on Wall Street Journal in covering Trump

Early expectations that Rupert Murdoch would defang the Wall Street Journal came to naught, but as President Donald Trump took office, suspicions have emerged that Murdock is courting Trump by restricting the Journal to cup cake coverage. (Politico Magazine, February 9, 2017, by Jack Shafer) Murdoch’s ties to Trump are graphically illustrated by Ivanka’s recent […]

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Alabama townspeople defeat lawsuit threatening to gag them in protest over toxins in landfill

Uniontown, Alabama residents won a victory against a landfill company who in a court-approved settlement dropped a $30 million defamation suit against them. A group of residents in this 90 percent black town were sued for speaking out against the company to stop them from continuing to dump coal ash in their town. The ash […]

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Advice rampant on how to cover the Trump phenomenon

Lots of advice is flowing on how the media should cover an administration that poses unique challenges for reporting the news. The advice includes being “measured and right” rather than first; taking careful notes; asking questions in a way that they can’t be evaded; watching Trump’s TV programs to you can know where he gets […]

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Free Speech: Opinions from around the country critical of Warren silencing

Jeff Darcy in Cleveland.com, February 9, 2017, writes that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was simply mimicking President Donald Trump in shutting down Senator Elizabeth Warren in expressing her opposition on the Senate floor to the nomination of Jeff Sessions to Attorney General. Darcy chronicles  the Trump camp’s recent assaults on free speech and the […]

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Concern mounts over White House information void

Even Republicans in Congress are complaining about the paucity of information from the Trump administration amid general concerns that the public may not be receiving the information due to them in a democratic government. Journalism school dean Lucy Dalglish expressed the fears of many, saying that she can conceive of Trump at a rally saying,  […]

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Unprecedented number of Trump administration leaks brings benefits and poses hazards

While trashing conventions at record-setting pace, the Trump administration has also set a new record for leaks. The leaks include transcripts of phone calls between Trump and Mexican and Australian leaders, drafts of executive orders, and details of the stage-managing of the Supreme Court nomination. Some see the leaks as whistleblowing, the exposure of initiatives […]

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Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch seen as First Amendment defender

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, , February 3, 2017, gave Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court a favorable rating on First Amendment issues. Although he does not have a long record on free speech and press, his decisions in libel and privacy uphold protections for speech against tort […]

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Conservatives move to guarantee free speech for controversial campus speakers

Conservative organizations are urging states to enact a law to “restore and protect freedom of thought and expression” on university campuses. They crafted a model bill, the Campus Free Speech Act, to prevent rejection of controversial speakers,  to end speech codes and free speech zones and to require a formal statement from the administration that […]

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Republican state lawmakers propose laws to curb protests

Republican-controlled state legislatures are reacting to events  such as  the Women’s March against Trump and Black Lives Matter protests by proposing bills that levy penalties on protesters especially those blocking roadways. In North Dakota where the protest continues over the Dakota Access Pipeline, a lawmaker introduced a bill allowing motorists to run over and kill […]

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CNN endures freeze from Trump administration

The Trump administration is freezing out CNN by denying them access to government spokespersons. The alleged intent is to reduce CNN’s ratings. As this story broke, the administration reversed itself by allowing CNN to interview a national security deputy. The administration denied its intent to freeze out CNN. (Politico, January 31, 2017, by Hadas Gold) […]

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