Constitutional FAQ Answer #12
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Q12. "Can Congress set up an ethics committee to
separate hard journalism from tabloid journalism?"
A. I'm certain that such a proposal would A) never pass and B) would be
declared unconstitutional immediately (assuming it had any regulatory power).
It would never pass because every news agency, newspaper, TV station, the
ACLU, and freedom of
speech advocates from every corner would oppose it. Assuming this was more
than just a review board (i.e., it had power to punish or pull papers, or
whatever), it would be taken straight to the Supreme Court and declared
unconstitutional that day.
Of course, there's nothing to stop one from amending the Constitution to
allow for such review...