Does the First Amendment provide special protection for the media—or the same protection for all speakers?

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The Federalist Society is organizing a free teleforum debate on this subject between professor Sonja West and me, Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Here's a slightly more detailed description:

The First Amendment reads, in part, "Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …." Are there, and should there be, different levels of freedom of speech for media and non-media speakers? If so, how should "media" and "non-media" be defined, and who should decide?

Many such calls are open only to Federalist Society members, but the Society was kind enough to open this one up to everyone; you can call in at 888-752-3232, listen to the debate, and then ask questions. Those interested in my views on the subject can read them in this article; those interested in professor West's can read them in this one.