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The First Amendment and the Media in the Court of Public Opinion

David A. YalofUniversity of Connecticut, Kenneth DautrichUniversity of Connecticut

ISBN13: 9780521804660
ISBN: 0521804663
Published: April 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £54.99



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In light of recent frustrations with the press over its increasingly sensationalistic coverage of the news, no liberty is more vulnerable to the vagaries of the current political climate than is 'freedom of the press'. By considering public opinion data from two original surveys (in 1997 and 1999) on free press rights against the backdrop of modern First Amendment jurisprudence, we offer new and original insights into the nature of popular support for these rights. Our findings are as comforting as they are counterintuitive: public support for the constitutional right to a free press remains as strong as ever, even as its most visible practitioners find themselves increasingly under siege. In offering this argument, we stake our position in an age-old debate over the true value and worth of public opinion. Our findings endorse the notion of a 'rational' public as well as the strength of press freedoms in our society.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
1. Freedom of the press and the power of public opinion
2. Surveying the public on press freedoms
3. What Americans know about the freedom of the press
4. Public support for press freedoms
5. Support for press freedoms across media: comparing print, electronic and the 'new media'
6. Support for press freedoms within a medium: elite, mainstream and tabloid news sources
7. Public opinion, the first amendment and the challenges of the 21st century.