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January 26, 2020

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Stop the Presses! Journalists, Politicians and the News
Last Featured: 8/1/2005

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How far can government go to hamstring or influence the media? Can the courts or government agencies force reporters to reveal their confidential sources when a source’s identity may be key to a criminal prosecution or necessary for national security? Should the government pay commentators like Armstrong Williams to produce government-friendly opinions? Where’s the fine line between government censorship, propaganda and public relations?

Jonathan Last is online editor of The Weekly Standard. The Standard, edited by William Kristol and Fred Barnes, has been called "a 'must read' for anyone interested in American politics and American life." He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, Salon, Slate, The Washington Times, The New York Press, and other publications. Mr. Last has appeared on CNN, Sky News, and the Fox News Channel.

Jay Rosen is associate professor of journalism at New York University, and a press critic and reviewer. His writing has appeared in many publications, including The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, TomPaine.com and others. Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals, and a book about the rise of the civic journalism movement, “What Are Journalists For?”

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"Freedom of the press, or, to be more precise, the benefit of freedom of the press, belongs to everyone - to the citizen as well as the publisher... The crux is not the publisher's 'freedom to print'; it is, rather, the citizen's 'right to know.'"

— Arthur Sulzberger

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