Reporters Too Close To Sources Risk Losing Public Trust

Inside the First Amendment

By Gene Policinski First Amendment Center

The First Amendment provides for a free press — but that press depends largely on the trust and confidence of Americans to be truly effective, either as an information source or in its essential role as a watchdog on government.

Both roles would seem to require a measure of distance between those who make the news and those who report it. But recently that concept — and through it, the constitutionally implied . . .

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