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The partisan press then and now

Posted by: | December 8, 2011 | No Comment |

George Washington did not have to appeal to PETA for votes. PETA, one of the largest animal rights groups in the United States, is just one of many interest groups or parties that can have press influence.  However, the party press comes from much simpler roots.

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Attack ads, circa 1800

Posted by: | November 2, 2010 | No Comment |
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Saving the freedom of speech

Posted by: | November 18, 2009 | No Comment |

In 1798, the Alien and Sedition Acts were signed by John Adams. The latter of the two was written to prevent papers being published that were “false, scandalous and malicious writing … against the Government of the United States” and threatened¬† punishment “by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollar, and by imprisonment not exceeding […]

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