Speech we don’t like needs most protection

By William H. Freivogel The tricky thing about the First Amendment is that you have to protect the speech you hate as fiercely as the speech you love.   You have to protect leftist speech as much as rightist speech. Communists as much as fascists. Religious fundamentalists as much as atheists. Calls for war as much

EXCLUSIVE: Missouri hides more court information than other states

By William H. Freivogel and Ted Gest A new Missouri law passed last year deletes the names of victims and witnesses in court documents making Missouri courts the least transparent in the nation, experts say. Among the witness names deleted are police officers. Eugene Volokh, a nationally known libertarian legal commentator, called the law “a

Alden and other venture capitalists threaten journalism’s role in democracy

By Margot Susca From “Hedged: How Private Investment Funds Helped Destroy American Newspapers and Undermine Democracy” by Margot Susca. Copyright 2024 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Used with permission of the University of Illinois Press. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had a dalliance with the chain newspaper market, acquiring in 2012

The Davids fighting Goliath in West Virginia

A feisty team of lawyers and tenants in Appalchian mobile home parks are fighting Alden’s owners — and sometimes, they’re winning. News analysis By Julie Reynolds In Mercer County, West Virginia, Valeria Steele is proud of her home in Elk View Estates, a community she says used to be “such a nice place to live.”