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Supreme Court / Freedom of Speech / Falwell vs. Flynt #114053

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 24, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Tim O'Brien) Supreme Court decision in freedom of speech case involving publisher Larry Flynt's "Hustler" magazine parody of Reverend Jerry Falwell announced; details given, scenes shown. [On December 2, 1987, FALWELL - accuses Flynt of suggesting mother was prostitute.] Lower court decisions reviewed. Written major decision by Justice William Rehnquist outlined on screen. [FALWELL - comments on ruling.] Supreme Court's explanations about satire and bad taste detailed; television scenes shown. ["Washington Post" columnist Herb BLOCK - discusses freedom to do satire.] Protection of outrageous satire by first amendment noted. [FLYNT - says first amendment gives right to be offensive.]

Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim

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