Rights vs. Responsibilities: The Supreme Court and the Media

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In the past 65 years, the United States Supreme Court has outlined, through its decisions, its conceptions of the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. media. Analyzing every Supreme Court media case from 1931 to 1996, this book explores the changes in how the Court has conceived of the media's freedom. Hindman focuses on the educational and political functions of the media, the ethical principles of truth telling, and the conflict between collectivist and individualist interpretations of the First Amendment. ...

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Overview

In the past 65 years, the United States Supreme Court has outlined, through its decisions, its conceptions of the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. media. Analyzing every Supreme Court media case from 1931 to 1996, this book explores the changes in how the Court has conceived of the media's freedom. Hindman focuses on the educational and political functions of the media, the ethical principles of truth telling, and the conflict between collectivist and individualist interpretations of the First Amendment. The author challenges accepted views in the field, arguing that despite the justices' rhetoric, the Court has treated media freedom as a social goal rather than a right.

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Examines the Supreme Court's conceptions of media responsibility as demonstrated through Court opinions from 1931 through the 1995-96 term, and details specific media cases within the context of media theory and legal philosophy. Includes a chronological list of cases. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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ELIZABETH BLANKS HINDMAN is Assistant Professor of Communication at North Dakota State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Rights and Responsibilities, Politics and Philosophies 1
1 Functions and Canons: Defining Media Responsibility 25
2 The Early Years, 1931-1953 57
3 The Warren Court Years, 1953-1969 81
4 The Centrist Years, 1969-1981 101
5 The Move to Conservatism, 1981-1996 121
6 Positivism and Policy 149
App Chronological List of Media Cases 159
Bibliography 175
Index 181
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