Media Mashup: August 26, 2015

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College: The First Amendment Under Attack

The Atlantic has a fine article on the move to censor speech on college campuses. “A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.” See http://theatln.tc/1EkIxUW

New York: The Second Amendment Under Attack

A journalist in Ithaca, New York, tells her story about trying to get a gun permit. “A 20-month waiting period for a pistol permit in Tompkins County is too long to wait for a gun and doesn’t keep anybody safer. That’s how long it will take me — a person with no criminal history and no mental illnesses — to get a permit.” For details, read http://bit.ly/1KmrBnu

The Presidential Debate System Under Attack

Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina says she should be on the main stage at the next Republican debate and that the rules news organizations are using to decide who appears at the events are fundamentally flawed. That’s because CNN will pick the top 10 based on polls that include those before the first debate in which Fiorina was in the second tier. After her performance in the second tier debate, her support has surpassed at least Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich. She’s right. She should be on the center stage.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu

 

 

 

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