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Old 02-22-2005, 09:03 PM   #16
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That's a good explanation.

Although the funny thing is, the press was heavily regulated in Jeffersonian times compared to what it is today. Let's not forget about the Sedition Act of 1798, which made any speech or writings against the U.S. government unlawful.


Throughout the mid- to late-1800s, newspapers also became more focused on sensationalism. Stories about love, tragedy, crime and entertainment found their way into newspaper in order to increase circulation.


Prior to the 1930s, the Supreme Court position on First Amendment freedoms was to suspend free speech and press if the expressions constituted a “reasonable tendency” to endanger society. These expressions were judged by whether they created a “clear and present danger” to society.

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