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First Amendment column: Celebrating two landmark moments

7:51 PM, Mar. 17, 2014
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No one I know sent flowers or candy, but on March 9 we all had cause to celebrate the anniversaries of two very different First Amendment landmark moments.

Sixty years ago, on March 9, 1954, CBS' Edward R. Murrow hosted an episode of the prime-time television program "See It Now," in which he successfully exposed Sen. Joseph McCarthy's mean-spirited and shoddy tactics in pursuing alleged communists in the U.S. government.

And on March 9, 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in deciding New York Times v. Sullivan, set a new national standard for "uninhibited, robust and wide-open" discussion on ...

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