War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power

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In the two centuries from the ratification of the First Amendment in 1791 through the Gulf War in 1991, the American press lacked an adequate right to analyze and report on the nation's armed conflicts. When restrictions were challenged as violations of the Constitution, military regulations and federal laws were justified as necessary under the "higher law" of survival. Is there law more important than the Constitution which allows prerogative powers to be used in a time of war or national crisis? This ...
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Overview


In the two centuries from the ratification of the First Amendment in 1791 through the Gulf War in 1991, the American press lacked an adequate right to analyze and report on the nation's armed conflicts. When restrictions were challenged as violations of the Constitution, military regulations and federal laws were justified as necessary under the "higher law" of survival. Is there law more important than the Constitution which allows prerogative powers to be used in a time of war or national crisis? This groundbreaking and provocative study, examining law and history over these two hundred years, argues that press freedom cannot and should not be suspended during armed conflict. The military and the media must work together because neither has authority over the other.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195099454
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Intentions and Interpretations
1 War, Autocracy, and the Constitution 3
2 The Purpose of the Press Clause 27
3 Suspending the Press Clause 45
Pt. 2 "Higher Law" in Practice
4 The Federalists and the French Revolution 75
5 The Rise of Presidential Prerogatives 92
6 The Bureaucratization of Wartime Censorship 127
7 The Long, Cold War 169
Pt. 3 The Risks of Repression
8 The Mass Media: Scapegoats and Sycophants 197
Conclusion 221
Notes 229
Index 313
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