Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe the development of a free press in the United States.
  • Discuss the limits that have been placed on free expression and other First Amendment rights, including those put in place since September 11, 2001.
  • Explain the three elements that must be present for libel to occur and the four major defenses against libel.
  • Name the four major forms of invasion of privacy.
  • Discuss the issue of whether the press can be legally required to behave ethically using three Supreme Court case examples.
  • Explain how the media industry is controlled through copyright law, broadcast, and Internet regulation.