Media & Communications Policy

Media & Communications Policy

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Free Speech and That YouTube Video

Posted in First Amendment, Free speech
In an age when, for many, political correctness (not to mention political opportunism) trumps free speech, one should be wary of assertions that specific kinds of speech have precipitated criminal conduct. We saw false claims like this in the case of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), when such as the New York Times’… Continue Reading

Hank Williams Jr.

Posted in First Amendment, Free speech
Even the most basic facts are in dispute.  Was Hank Williams Jr. fired by ESPN or did he quit?  Was Williams’ comment (Obama playing golf with Boehner like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu) a comparison of Obama to Hitler, or was it an analogy of the irony in meetings between enemies?  And if it was… Continue Reading

The Shrill and the Marginal: The Left’s Criticism of the Media

Posted in Media criticism
Readers of this blog know that it’s the personal opinion of the writer that the mainstream media are hurt by the years-long perception, among Republicans and conservatives, that the media are unsympathetic to their views.  Given their large and growing numbers, and the availability of competing sources of news and commentary, this perception seems like… Continue Reading

The Voices of Moderation Strike Again

Posted in Media criticism
Readers of this blog may remember the post in January re some of the opinions expressed immediately after the shooting in Tucson of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  The worst were those, by people like Slate’s Jacob Weisberg and the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, who attempted – before anything was known about the shooting – to… Continue Reading

Tucson and the Media

Posted in Free speech
Never mind for a minute the opinions of those outside the media.  People, for instance, such as Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), who sees in the Tucson massacre the need for a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine.  Or Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who in 2007 called on the NTIA to reexamine whether broadcast facilities are… Continue Reading

Juan Williams and NPR

Posted in First Amendment, Free speech
OK, so right off the bat let’s deal with what NPR’s firing of Juan Williams is, and what it is not.  It is a free speech issue, but it is not a First Amendment issue.  This is an important distinction because while many First Amendment issues involve freedom of speech, and many free speech issues… Continue Reading

Hate Speech and the First Amendment

Posted in Broadcasting, Content Controls, Fairness Doctrine, FCC, First Amendment, Free speech, Media Regulation, Radio
“If you bring up the First Amendment, you’re a racist.”  In so many words that’s the message – or threat – to anyone who would dare question the constitutionality of a proposal that the government launch an inquiry into media content.      The threat is leveled by the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) in a… Continue Reading