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The Fourth Estate and the Constitution: Freedom of the Press in America Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0520080386 ISBN-10: 0520080386

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From Publishers Weekly

Powe, who teaches government and law at the University of Texas, examines media rights in this admirable survey. With revealing insights into such historical events as the genesis of the Bill of Rights and the development of the idea that truth is an acceptable defense against libel (it was not always), he explores the four major legal issues that confront the press: libel, prior restraint, access to sources and information, and antitrust law. Subsidiary concerns addressed here include protection of the national security, news leaks, shield and sunshine laws, and the chain ownership of media outlets. Much of the law in these areas, he points out, has developed since the 1964 landmark case New York Times v. Sullivan , in which constitutional protection was extended to freedom of expression. Powe's attempt to limit his use of legal jargon is not conspicuously successful; this detailed volume will likely appeal most to lawyers.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Similar in style and intent to Powe's American Broadcasting and the First Amendment ( LJ 7/87), this first-rate study explores the constitutional dynamics of American press freedom. Initial chapters examine historical attitudes and precedents from the early days of the republic to the Pentagon Papers case. Then the major contemporary legal issues confronting the press--libel, prior restraints, access to sources and information, and oligopolistic tendencies--receive extended treatment. The book concludes with an impressive theoretical analysis of the press's role today, with an emphasis on the Supreme Court's landmark 1974 Miami Herald v. Tornillo decision. Powe, a law professor (Univ. of Texas), has produced a virtuoso work of value to specialists and informed laypeople alike. For larger public and academic libraries.
-Kenneth F. Kister, Tampa, Fla.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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