The Supreme Court on Freedom of the Press: Decisions and Dissents

By William A. Hachten | Go to book overview

A CONCLUDING NOTE

THE LEGAL OPINIONS on freedom of the press by the Supreme Court of the United States are marked by both continuity and change. The great principles of free expression enunciated by Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis in the 1920's were restated and reformulated by members of the Warren Court in the 1960's. The consistent concern for the positive values of free expression found eloquent articulation in the views of justices Charles Evans Hughes, Harlan Stone, Frank Murphy, Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Earl Warren, and others quoted in this book. Any new decision on freedom of the press that the Supreme Court hands down today--or tomorrow--must take cognizance of what these modern giants of the law have written. Their words reverberate through the law books.

Yet the decisions included in this book are clearly characterized by change. The direction of that change is unmistakable: at the level of constitutional law, for all mass media-- newspapers, books, magazines, broadcasting, motion pictures-- and for all citizens, there is greater freedom of the press today than at any time in the history of the Republic. The almost seventy decisions included here have given specific legal meaning to the concept of press freedom.

This expanded delineation of freedom of the press is, of course, just one aspect of the modern Supreme Court's concerted efforts in the past thirty years to give legal realization to all the rights named by the first ten amendments to the Constitution.

Committed to making the Bill of Rights meaningful, the

-306-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Supreme Court on Freedom of the Press: Decisions and Dissents
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 320

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.