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Jun 1, 2015

By Ben Yount and Mark Lisheron | Watchdog Radio

Say it Loud, Say it Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining rights among the most important to our society, but also rights most frequently under attack.

In this week’s episode, host Ben Yount sits down with Mark Lisheron, a senior editor for Watchdog.org to chat about the First Amendment protections for journalists. Can local governments (or any government, for that matter) decide who counts as a journalist?

In Illinois, one town is trying to do that. After a local radio host tracked down a city official and knocked on his front door to get some answers about the city budget, the town slapped him with a restraining order for stalking. Yes, really.

The city's official position is that the radio host was "pretending to be a real journalist."

Yount explains the situation in Bloomington, Illinois, and Lisheron discusses the constitutional problems with letting a government decide who is, and who isn't, a "real" journalist.

 

May 20, 2015

Say it Loud, Say it Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining rights among the most important to our society, but also rights most frequently under attack.

In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Wisconsin Reporter's Matt Kittle to discuss the ongoing free speech issues at Marquette University. John McAdams, a professor at the school, has been suspended since November for defending a student who argued against same-sex marriage in a philosophy class.

But just this week, Marquette administrators had to remove a mural of black militant Assata Shakur after, ironically, McAdams broke the story on his “Marquette Warrior” blog.

Also: did Louie CK's opening monoluge on SNL offend you?

Apr 28, 2015

Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining rights among the most important to our society, but also rights most frequently under attack.

In this week's episode, host Ben Yount checks in with Wisconsin Reporter bureau chief Matt Kittle about the latest developments in the on-going battle over free political speech in the Badger State.

As he finds out, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has long been accused of not understanding or valuing the First Amendment. This past weekend, he went about proving that criticism, constitutional law experts say.

 

 

Apr 20, 2015

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining rights among the most important to our society, but also rights most frequently under attack.

In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm explains the idea behind a new national holiday that was celebrated for the first time this week: Freedom Day.

The first Freedom Day celebration was hosted by National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Groups as politically diverse as Cato Institute and the Center for American Progress shared the stage for a day of discourse about the foundations, future and meaning of freedom in the United States.

We sat down with Freedom Day founder Frayda Levy and others who attended the event to get an idea of what Freedom Day is all about.

 

Apr 6, 2015

Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining the rights that are some of the most important to our society, but also some of the most frequently under attack.

In this week’s episode, host Chris Dobrogosz examines the limitations on free speech. Just because you're allowed to say something, doesn't  mean that there won't be consequences for saying it. And when you're dealing with another person or private company, there are rules that you might have to follow, but that doesn't mean your right are under attack.

 

Mar 26, 2015

Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining the rights that are some of the most important to our society, but also some of the most frequently under attack.

In this week’s episode, host Ben Yount sits down with Wisconsin Reporter's Matt Kittle to talk about the latest developments in the John Doe investigation - if you haven't read about the startling attacks on free speech in Wisconsin, you can do so here.

Kelly Rindfliesch is now the first political prisoner in the wide-ranging probe that has targeted conservative supporters of Gov. Scott Walker. Her story will make you wonder how it could happen in the United States, where political speech is supposed to be protected by the constitution.

Mar 9, 2015

Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining the rights that are some of the most important to our society, but also some of the most frequently under attack.

In this week's episode, host Chris Dobrogosz takes a look back at the history of the Federal Communications Commission and its past with regulating speech — including its long-standing fights with shock-jocks like Howard Stern and how the FCC limited the development of talk radio for decades until some of those limits were lifted in the 1980s. Now, the FCC is going to be able to regulate the Internet too, thanks to net neutrality.

Berin Szoka, president of Tech Freedom, joins Dobrogosz to discuss how and when the FCC might be able to exert control over content on the Internet. And Jeremy Gillula, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, stops by the show to talk about the limits of the FCC's new net neutrality rules.

Mar 4, 2015

Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining the rights that are some of the most important to our society, but also some of the most frequently under attack.

In this week's episode: Does your kids' school have the right to look at their Facebook page? What about the need for the password? As Watchdog.org's Chris Dobrogosz and The Heartland Institute's Heather Kay discuss, one school in Illinois said "Yes."

Feb 27, 2015

Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio's weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining the rights that are some of the most important to our society, but also some of the most frequently under attack.

In this week's episode, host Matt Kittle sits down with attorney Rick Esenberg from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty to talk about the plight of Marquette University professor John McAdams. McAdams has been fired by the university for comments he wrote on a private blog last year regarding the treatment of a student who wanted to speak out against gay marriage.

Does the university have the right to do this? Even if they do, what does this say about the nature of intellectual debate and free speech in America's esteemed institutions of higher learning?

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