The First Amendment Project

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Sundance Channel Premiered May 05, 2006 Between Seasons

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  • Season 1
    • No Joking
      No Joking
      Episode 4
      12/14/04
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    • 5/19/06
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      Explores the Freedom of Assembly and the public's right to protest against the backdrop of the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. More generally, this program addresses the tug-of-war between security issues and First Amendment rights.
    • Poetic License
      Episode 3
      12/21/04
      0.0
      When comedian Al Franken 'appropriated' Fox News' phrase 'Fair and Balanced' on his satiric book, the network took him to court. This documentary considers what happens when corporations trademark common phrases and how the First Amendment protects the right to parody.
    • Poetic License
      Poetic License
      Episode 2
      5/12/06
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      In September 2002, New Jersey Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka read his poem "Somebody Blew Up America" at a New Jersey poetry festival. This highly controversial poem led state officials to ask for Baraka's resignation, to which he refused. As a result, lawmakers eliminated the state-sponsored position entirely. In response, Baraka sued New Jersey Governor McGreevey claiming that his First Amendment rights were violated. This episode explores these events as well as the general issue of First Amendment protection for offensive speech, even "hate speech".moreless
    • Fox vs. Franken
      Episode 1
      5/5/06
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      This program looks at the lawsuit filed by Fox News against Al Franken for his use of their trademarked phrase "Fair and Balanced".
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