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ERIC Number: ED140323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Print Media and Equal Time.
Hunsaker, David M.
This report explores the implications of the Supreme Court's decision in the case of "'Miami Herald' v. Tornillo" concerning the "right of reply," the Florida mandate that allowed a candidate for nomination or election whose personal character or official record is assailed to publish a response at the expense of the newspaper in which the charges were made. The Court reasoned that, in the case of the print media, the "right of reply" constituted a compulsion to print and was thus unconstitutional. Two tenable solutions to the problem of access to the print media are discussed: application of an antitrust theory to the press and the implementation of a "public utility theory," in which newspapers are made socially responsible through the addition of a provision for equal time. A model right-of-access statute details the specifics of this latter procedure. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Freedom of Information Center, Columbia, MO.