Review of Martha Minow, Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech (2021)

21 International Journal of Constitutional Law (Forthcoming 2023)

6 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2022

Date Written: September 7, 2022

Abstract

In “Saving the News,” Harvard Law School professor and former dean Martha Minow makes several key points about the precarious state of contemporary journalism. First, she focuses attention on the need to improve the economics of the news media, especially at the local level, where the collapse of public-regarding media institutions pose an increasing threat to democratic self-government. Second, she demonstrates the historical importance of government involvement in and support for media throughout American history. Third, she shows how, as a legal matter, the First Amendment need not be viewed as an impediment to pro-media regulation, and that contemporary libertarian First Amendment doctrine is an aberration. Although Minow underestimates the challenges of squaring her more ambitious reforms with modern First Amendment law, the book is nevertheless both an important intervention in media and First Amendment scholarship and also an excellent introduction to these issues for the interested public.

Keywords: First Amendment, freedom of the press, local media

Suggested Citation

Rozenshtein, Alan Z., Review of Martha Minow, Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech (2021) (September 7, 2022). 21 International Journal of Constitutional Law (Forthcoming 2023), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4212773 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4212773

Alan Z. Rozenshtein (Contact Author)

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