Thursday, February 09, 2006

Cohen, Clifton, and Company

In the post below, I should have introduced Dan Cohen. He has appeared in these pages before and has been a guest on Marty Andrade's radio show.

The former member of the Minneapolis City Council won a landmark First Amendment victory in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involved the local newspapers making a promise not to print Cohen's name if he provided them with public information involving a political candidate. The Star Tribune and Pioneer Press took the public arrest records, but printed his name anyway. Click on the links in the paragraphs above for more information on the case.

For many years, the Star Tribune refused to print Dan's letters to the editor. The irony was that they were fond of printing his name when they had promised not to do so, but later they were afraid to do so when he gave them express permission. With confidential sources in the news lately, the Strib finally lifted the embargo. I am encouraging him to start a blog with all the letters they wouldn't print.


Blogger Derek Jensen said...

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February 09, 2006 12:30 PM  

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