Government & Communications

Attempts by governmental bodies to improve or impede communications with or between the citizenry.

Speaker Ryan: Ignore The Cable News Bickering. This Congress Is Getting Things Done

[Commentary] Sometimes the noise drowns out the good news. And it certainly is right now. It would be hard to fault the average American for thinking all that’s going on in Washington these days is high-drama hearings and partisan sniping.

President Trump’s Media Policy Creating Friction

President Trump's relations with the media — never strong to begin with — have taken another sour turn with dwindling opportunities for on-camera engagement with the president's representatives.

Facebook, Free Expression and the Power of a Leak

[Commentary] The First Amendment protects our right to use social networks like Facebook and Twitter, the Supreme Court declared.

Chairman Pai reveals new details about cyberattack following John Oliver segment

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled new details about a reported cyberattack that came after comedian John Oliver urged his viewers to flood the agency with pro-network neutrality comments.

Industry 'surprised' by DOJ appeal in data warrant case

Businesses leaders expressed surprise that the Department of Justice is appealing a case about when law enforcement should have access to data stored in other countries.

Twenty years after Reno v. ACLU, the long arc of internet history returns

Twenty years ago, on June 26, 1996, the US Supreme Court unanimously decided Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, which found the communications decency provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to be unconstitutional.

Media opposes right-of-publicity bill: ‘an attack on the First Amendment’

The hasty effort in New York to pass a right-of-publicity bill ended—for now—recently after the state assembly sponsor pulled his bill and the senate appeared unwilling to advance its own version until the assembly acted.

President Trump: Obama didn't 'choke,' he 'colluded or obstructed'

President Donald Trump on June 26 said former President Barack Obama took no action against Russia for its actions in the 2016 election because he expected Hillary Clinton to win.

RNC Chair Doubles Down on 'Fake News’

Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel put her signature to the latest e-mail that uses attacks on the media to try and raise money for the party and its candidates.

Why the Case for Transparency Must Be Made Anew

[Commentary] The Trump Administration’s penchant for secrecy is not a media issue; it is a democracy issue. And that makes it the weak spot in President Donald Trump’s otherwise successful jihad against American journalism.