Emily Rooney moderates a lively discussion examining the media and how news organizations cover the week's big stories. Beat the Press is broadcast on Friday nights at 7pm on WGBH 2 and streamed on WGBHnews.org.
We're celebrating the Fourth of July with a civics lesson rooted in the Fourth Estate and some recent cases in which the First Amendment clashed with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
When TMZ posted audio of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling waxing racist, the story blew up. But few in the media asked whether Sterling’s comments were fair game, even though they were made in private and may have been recorded without his consent.