The First Daughter and the Press

Writing About Chelsea Cost a Stanford Daily Reporter His Job

I missed the bylines, the excitement of going after a story, and the continuous blackjack game we had going in the editor's office between deadlines.

Still, I was grateful to have been fired. It gave me, for the first time, a passionate interest in the First Amendment, its history, triumphs, and defeats.

As for Carolyn Sleeth, the editor of the Stanford Daily, she said in a recent editorial, "We are dedicated to preserving the right of both freedom and speech and the principle of individual privacy."

But Chelsea Clinton is a public figure and therefore, in First Amendment law, has less privacy than a private person. So this editor has gagged an entire staff while speaking of her devotion to free speech. This editor speaks, as the First Father often does, in doublespeak.

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