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    http://www.scotusblog.com/2010/06/ne...tizens-united/

    The [FEC], with three Republican members and one Democratic member voting in favor and one independent member voting against, approved an advisory opinion that noted that the FEC had recently expanded the concept of who is part of the press well beyond the traditional news media. Thus, it concluded that Citizens United would be considered a press entity and thus exempt from having to disclose the costs of producing and distributing its documentary films, and advertisements and other marketing promotions of those films.
    I thought legal experts considered the Bill of Rights to enumerate individual rights, and the right of a free press is mentioned in the first. Doesn't that make every individual "the press"? Why should the New York Times get a special right to political advocacy denied to others?
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    Re: What does "the press" mean?

    Individuals don't need to be the press to have the same right as the NYT since individuals aren't limited, and that isn't even related to this decision. SCOTUS has already decided that corporations are people and able to spend unlimited amounts so Citizen's United would just need to incorporate if this didn't happen so the systems is already screwed up.

    This issue is a partisan lobby group being given press status if they do the ads instead of giving money to a campaign since campaign limitations are for donations to a campaign.
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      Re: What does "the press" mean?

      Uh... I guess my definition of 'the press' doesn't include making documentary films. That's a film industry to me, even if non-profit.
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        Re: What does "the press" mean?

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_A...m_of_the_press

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom..._United_States

        The United States are, as of 2009, joint 20th in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index[1] . This is a measure of freedom available to the press, encompassing areas such as government censorship, and not indicative of the quality of journalism. In 2009 the United States climbed 16 places from 36th in 2008 with a score of 4.00, with Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Sweden tied for first place with 0.00 and Eritrea bottom of the list with 115.50.

        In the Freedom of the Press 2009 report, published by Freedom House the United States is ranked fourth in the Americas [2] , and joint 24th globally. This reports from 0 (free) to 100 (not free), with the United States scoring 18 compared to Iceland (top of the list) on 9 and North Korea (bottom of the list) on 98.
        Questionnaire for the first index can be found here:

        http://en.rsf.org/questionnaire-for-...008,29011.html
        Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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