Journalists are First Amendment fetishists.
Few topics arouse the self-righteous wrath of journalists more than government encroaching on their First Amendment rights. The Fourth Estate largely views the First Amendment as specifically protecting their noble profession, but until recently mainstream media organizations have been loath to defend politicians’ rights under the same banner.
Editorial pages have long railed against the supposedly corrosive influence of money in politics, but a recent Supreme Court case has media elites reconsidering the benefits of government regulating political speech.
In the case Citizens United v. FEC, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, an advocacy organization for journalists, filed a brief supporting Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit group.
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