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President Trump and the new and disturbing landscape of ‘government speech’

Communications Law

Edited by:
Dr Peter Coe
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Professional
Publication Date:
December 2022
(2020) Vol 25, No 3 Has the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the marketplace of ideas as a failed experiment? The implicit link between the government speech doctrine and traditional government functions and democratic norms Trump’s attacks on the press are an anti-democratic and dangerous form of government speech Trump uses social media to saturate the ‘marketplace’ with government speech, much of it false and directed to eroding the public’s faith in democratic norms and institutions The outsized influence of billionaires, corporations, and PACs in American public discourse Where do we go from here? ...

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