NY Times v Sullivan - say what one pleases about public...

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Megan O’Connor Question: Is it ethical for speech that is personally damaging be protected under constitutional rights? NY Times The New York Times is taking responsibility for their actions for publishing an ad that would affect so many people. They have posted retractions for a few people including the Governor of Alabama. However they would not post one for Sullivan. They said that he was not properly identified and there was no intent of identification. Justice Black stated, “An unconditional right to
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Unformatted text preview: say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the first amendment.” The first amendment gives everyone the freedom of religion, speech and press. If the New York Times were punished for this there would be no breathing room. All the surrounding publishers would feel pressured to be exact and just forfeit any story at all....
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