by Ken Ellingwood
In 1837, Elijah Lovejoy was killed by a pro-slavery mob in Illinois, and the press he used to publish his abolitionist newsletter was thrown into the Mississippi River. Lovejoy's championing of both abolition and the free press should inspire us today.
by Richard E. Labunski
In June, trial will begin in Sarah Palin's libel case against the New York Times. The case appears to be teed up on a path to the Supreme Court, where the current "actual malice" standard for proving a public figure was libeled could be overturned. If this happens, the door will be open to lawsuits aimed at crushing press criticism of the government.
SOURCE: Simon and Schuster (Special to HNN)
He was intrigued by the entry noting that in 1721 Boston was hit by a devastating small pox epidemic. (Interview)
by M. Andrew Holowchak
The evidence shows a gap between his approbation of a free press and his experience with it.
by Harold Holzer
It’s always an ominous sign.
by Vaughn Davis Bornet
That new man in the White House needs to be made aware that the job he occupies is a Bully Pulpit—and not a Bullying Pulpit.
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