Paul K. McMasters commentaries


Total of 184 documents available. Page 13 of 19


Journalists need a get-out-of-jail-free card
By Paul K. McMasters Law enforcement wants journalists to help do its investigating — and is filing charges against them if they refuse.   11.28.04

Pounding the press over too much bias — and objectivity
By Paul K. McMasters Amid ups, downs of election news, one thing's for sure: The press is free to make, and correct, mistakes — and we're free to criticize it.   11.14.04

Dirty driving: a distraction or a right?
By Paul K. McMasters X-rated DVDs playing inside vehicles but visible to others have prompted laws in 38 states — but beware constitutional 'yield' signs.   11.07.04

Taking prisoners in the war on journalism
By Paul K. McMasters Hunt for whoever leaked CIA agent's name puts shadow of jail over journalists instead of leakers.   10.24.04

Public: low marks for nation's press
By Paul K. McMasters 2004 survey with American Journalism Review finds deep belief in news media bias.

   10.10.04


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When free speech is in the cards
By Ken Paulson Controversy over 'Heroes of the World Trade Center' trading cards appears to be more about form than content.   12.29.02

Free Speech Inc.: when companies defend themselves
By Ken Paulson If someone attacks Nike or any other business, the company needs to be able to defend itself in a public forum without being sued for 'deceptive advertising.'   12.15.02

Regulating rudeness: why insults aren't a crime
By Ken Paulson School administrators are increasingly tempted to try to control off-campus student speech.   12.01.02

'Free' and other 4-letter words
By Ken Paulson Public profanity can violate our sensibilities, but generally doesn’t violate the law.   11.17.02

Don't stop the presses: respecting the rights of campus newspapers
By Ken Paulson Courts have repeatedly found that college students have full First Amendment protection, regardless of the source of their funding.   11.03.02

A constitutional clash: free speech, copyrights and Mickey Mouse
By Ken Paulson In a society immersed in popular culture, copyrighted materials should be fair game for discussion, exploration and teaching.   10.20.02

The upside of offending: free speech and 'healthy conversations'
By Ken Paulson 'Barbershop' controversy shows that the right to offend is the liberty to challenge the status quo.   10.06.02

Turn the dial: shock radio and freedom of speech
By Ken Paulson Ultimately it’s the public — not the FCC — who can apply pressure when on-air stunts get ugly.   09.22.02

We lose sight of our rights when freedom and fear collide
By Ken Paulson Latest First Amendment survey suggests many Americans view our fundamental freedoms as possible obstacles to the war on terrorism.   09.08.02

Private justice: when secrecy undermines safety
By Ken Paulson Secret settlements keep allegations of unsafe products, harmful conduct away from the press and out of the public eye.   08.25.02



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