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The U.S. Supreme Court’s Characterizations of the Press: An Empirical Study

Andersen Jones, RonNell and West, Sonja, The U.S. Supreme Court’s Characterizations of the Press: An Empirical Study (February 17, 2021). University of Georgia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming, University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 419, Available at SSRN: or

“The erosion of constitutional norms in the United States is at the center of an urgent national debate. Among the most crucial of these issues is the fragile and deteriorating relationship between the press and the government. While scholars have responded with sophisticated examinations of legislators’ and the President’s characterizations of the news media, one branch of government has received little scrutiny—the U.S. Supreme Court. This gap in the scholarship is remarkable in light of the Court’s role as the very institution entrusted with safeguarding the rights of the press. This paper presents the findings of the first comprehensive empirical examination of the Court’s depictions of the press. We tracked every reference to the press by a U.S. Supreme Court Justice in the Court’s opinions since 1784. We coded these references to the press (broadly defined by the Justices themselves) for the presence of common frames and for whether the frame was conveyed with a positive, negative, or neutral tone. The results of our study reveal troubling trends at the Court, with widespread implications for any discussion of contemporary press freedom. We find that there has been a stark deterioration in both the quantity and quality of the Court’s depictions of the press across a variety of measures. Our data show that the Justices are now less likely to talk about the press than they were in the past, and that, when they do, it is more often in a negative light. At this crucial moment, when we have seen the risks of executive and legislative branch attacks on the press, our study finds that the U.S. Supreme Court is not pushing back. The study also reveals a substantial correlation between ideology and the Justices’ attitudes toward the press. It likewise illuminates the press-characterizing behaviors of the most and least press-friendly Justices of all time and of the currently sitting Justices, providing insights into patterns that might be expected in the years to come.”

The Domestic Extremist Next Door

The Domestic Extremist Next Door by Erin Dauphinais-Soos · April 19, 2021 “How have digital media platforms contributed to anti-government rhetoric?  Digital Citizens Alliance and Coalition for a Safer Web teamed up to answer this question in their report, “The Domestic Extremist Next Door.” [56-page PDF] The report analyzes some of the most popular social… Continue Reading

How to stop your cell provider from sharing (some of) your data

Mashable: “Smartphones are intimate companions: We cradle them in our hands, and hold them close to our chests. They greet us each morning, and whisper in our ears at night. We tell them our secrets. Unfortunately, when it comes to keeping those secrets, our phones have mixed allegiances.  On Feb. 23, T-Mobile, which completed its… Continue Reading

Everyone ages 16 and up can get the COVID-19 vaccine

Google – Find a vaccination site near you See also Latest Data on COVID-19 Vaccinations Race/Ethnicity – As noted in previous analysis, preventing racial disparities in the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines will be important to help mitigate the disproportionate impacts of the virus for people of color and prevent widening racial health disparities going forward.… Continue Reading

The Coming AI Hackers

The Coming AI Hackers – Bruce Schneier – “Artificial intelligence—AI—is an information technology. It consists of software. It runs on computers. And it is already deeply embedded into our social fabric, both in ways we understand and in ways we don’t. It will hack our society to a degree and effect unlike anything that’s come before.… Continue Reading

IMF Launches Climate Change Indicators Dashboard

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) launched a new Climate Change Indicators Dashboard—an international statistical initiative to address the growing need for data in macroeconomic and financial policy analysis to facilitate climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Dashboard is a single platform that brings together experimental climate change indicators that allows comparison across countries. The indicators… Continue Reading

Back To The Office Anxieties

Blind blog Workspace Insights: “Anxiety over returning to the office is very real. Blind, an anonymous community of verified professionals with 4 million+ users, began running a survey gauging if professionals were anxious about returning to the office and why. 65% of professionals on Blind are anxious about the office reopening, according to results. 4,200 users across different… Continue Reading

Having trouble finding a COVID-19 vaccination appointment? These online resources can help

PCWorld – “Monday [April 19, 2021] marked the first day of widespread eligibility across the U.S. for a COVID-19 vaccination, but some people have still struggled to find appointments. While luck does play a part in success, you can increase your chances by tuning into crowdsourced info and using websites that crawl vaccine appointment pages… Continue Reading

FTC – Protecting Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Year in Review

Protecting Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Year in Review – “The Federal Trade Commission is a bipartisan independent agency that protects consumers and promotes competition. The COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant economic fallout touch on the full breadth of the Commission’s mandate. The FTC has applied its resources to investigate and respond to issues… Continue Reading

Paper Notebooks vs. Mobile Devices: Brain Activation Differences During Memory Retrieval

Paper Notebooks vs. Mobile Devices: Brain Activation Differences During Memory Retrieval Keita Umejima1, Takuya Ibaraki, Takahiro Yamazaki2 and Kuniyoshi L. Sakai, Department of Basic Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. 2NTT Data Institute of Management Consulting, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. “It remains to be determined how different inputs for… Continue Reading

GSA: Distributed work makes government teams happier, more productive and inclusive

govfresh – “The U.S. General Services Administration’s 18F has a great post on why distributed government is critical to highly-functioning public service teams, emphasizing a ‘distributed first’ approach to work. The post touches on key issues that make work cultures great and how distributed operations facilitate these, including issues related to: Inclusivity Accessibility Trust and… Continue Reading

The Ever-Growing Collection of Practice Ready Tools from Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw

CRIV Blog – CRIB Blog – Prepare to Practice, New and Notable: The Ever-Growing Collection of Practice Ready Tools from Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw – “At this time of the year, as the spring semester winds down (how is that already possible?!?), my mind always seems to wander to thoughts of law students heading off… Continue Reading