National Press Club

NPC Press Freedom Panel: Reporting Under a Hostile President

October 12, 2016

About This Video

Run time: 92 minutes

In the heat of a presidential campaign, candidates make many promises – and threats. Some are serious, others have little chance of going anywhere. A panel of lawyers and journalists examined the potential impact the 2016 campaign’s rhetoric could have on the news media, including: access issues and policies of different administrations and campaigns; the historical and legal underpinnings of First Amendment protections against lawsuits brought by public officials and public figures; and the impact a changed Supreme Court could have on those protections.

The panel includes:

  • Chuck Tobin, partner, Holland & Knight LLP, moderator
  • Kenneth Jost, author of Supreme Court Yearbook, and adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center
  • Anita Kumar, White House correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers
  • Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times
  • Katie Townsend, litigation director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press