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Editorial: Acknowledge fake ads, not just fake news

Facebook hasn’t made much of an effort to limit exposure to fake ads.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2019

It is Facebook’s responsibility to limit ads with false information, not just news with false information.

Editorial | Assange’s journalist credentials aren’t the issue

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11 in London.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 28, 2019

His prosecution is worrisome because it erases the line between the responsibility of government employees to safeguard information and the freedom of civilians who are protected under the First Amendment.

Opinion | Trump’s executive order for free speech is ineffective

President Donald Trump before signing an executive order to require colleges and universities to

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

March 27, 2019

The order states that the government can withhold federal funds if the school is deemed to have violated the First Amendment, but it offers no specific way of determining this.

As Trump announces ‘Fake News Awards,’ GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as anti-democratic

By Noah Bierman | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

January 18, 2018

On a day President Donald Trump promised to deliver "Fake News Awards," two Republican senators as well as several Democrats warned Wednesday that his unceasing attacks on a free press are undermining a fundamental tenet of democracy and emboldening despots abroad. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who...

Editorial: ACLU threatens Harris with strong First Amendment lawsuit

WASHINGTON, DC -— Lyle Cracker of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses on Monday, August 22, 2005, a Supreme Court ruling to reject medical use of marijuana. (KRT STAND ALONE PHOTOGRAPH BY CHUCK KENNEDY/KRT)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2017

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris somehow manages to regularly get herself into the petty types of quarrels that make Buzzfeed headlines — in April last year, she made local headlines when she got into a verbal altercation with a bicyclist. She took up bike lanes as a major aspect of ...

Editorial: St. Louis police endanger freedom of the press

Police officers arrest a man during a confrontational protest on Delmar Boulevard in University City on Sept. 16, 2017. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2017

Conventional wisdom proposes that it’s difficult to truly care about an issue until that issue affects you personally. For journalists in St. Louis, the controversy surrounding police brutality in America is coming to that point. In the light of protests during the past week and a half, local, national...

Berkeley braces for right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro’s visit

By Anna M. Phillips | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 12, 2017

Girding itself for a visit from another polarizing political figure and the possibility of more violent protests, the University of California, Berkeley is tightening campus security. In a message sent earlier this week, Provost Paul Alivisatos said the university was taking precautions in advance of the ...

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