Pre-Primary News Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Race: Trump’s Rise, Sanders’ Emergence, Clinton’s Struggle

This analysis by Thomas E. Patterson of the Harvard Kennedy School and Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy evaluates news media coverage of the invisible primary phase of the 2016 presidential campaign through the lens of the election reporting of eight news outlets – CBS, Fox, the Los Angeles Times, NBC, The New […]

Filed Under: Press, Research, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center, Hillary Clinton, Thomas E. Patterson, Press

Does “The Freedom of the Press” Include a Right to Anonymity? The Original Meaning

In this New York University Journal of Law and Liberty article, constitutional historian Robert G. Natelson examines relevant evidence to determine whether, as some have argued, the original legal force of the First Amendment’s “freedom of the press” clause included a per se right to anonymous authorship. The Article concludes that, except in cases in […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Press, Buckley v. Valeo, New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, Robert G. Natelson, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Press

Reconsidering Citizens United as a Press Clause Case

In this article, Stanford Law Professor Michael McConnell argues that the central flaw in the analysis of Citizens United by both the majority and the dissent was to treat it as a free speech case rather than a free press case. According to McConnell, the right of a group to write and disseminate a documentary film criticizing […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, External Relations Sub-Pages, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Issues, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Press, Research, Center for Competitive Politics, Michael W. McConnell, Reconsidering Citizens United As A Press Clause Case, Yale Law Journal, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Press

Unrepresentative Information: The Case of Newspaper Reporting on Campaign Finance

This paper examines evidence of sampling or statistical bias in newspaper reporting on campaign finance. The authors compile all stories from the five largest circulation newspapers in the United States that mention a dollar amount for campaign expenditures, contributions, or receipts from 1996 to 2000, and compare these figures to those recorded by the Federal Election Commission.

Filed Under: Uncategorized, Press

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.