Testing Journalistic Ethics
This session of the conference, “Celebrating 200 Years of the First Amendment,” focuses on the new frontiers of the First… read more
This session of the conference, “Celebrating 200 Years of the First Amendment,” focuses on the new frontiers of the First Amendment which relate to journalistic ethics. The panelists discussed recent Supreme Court decisions ruling on media ethics and the boundaries these rules have created and rearranged for the First Amendment. Based on these cases they discussed whether the court seems poised to narrow the protection of the amendment now that Justice Brennan, a champion of this amendment, has retired. They also discussed examples of where the press has “shot itself in the foot,” by invoking the First Amendment to protect conduct that even other journalists consider to be unethical or at least unwise. They agreed that many of the most important cases that have shaped the First Amendment as it is now interpreted grew out of deplorable journalistic conduct. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Timothy B. Dyk Attorney
- Joseph C. Goulden Director Accuracy in Media->Media Analysis
- Patricia Reilly Chair American Bar Association->Forum on Communications Law
- Stuart S. Taylor Jr. Senior Writer American Lawyer, The
- Nina Totenberg Correspondent National Public Radio->Legal Affairs
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