All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Elections Issues: “Miami Herald Publishing Company v. Tornillo” (1974) Right to Reply & Freedom of the Press

Washington, DC
Friday, July 6, 2012

In this program, from 1974:  “Miami Herald Publishing Company, appellant v. Pat Tornillo, appellee.” It’s about a Florida state law requiring newspapers to allow equal space in their newspapers to political candidates, in the case of a political editorial or endorsement.

This Saturday, July 7, C-SPAN Radio’s Supreme Court Historic Oral Arguments begins a month of elections issues cases.

Pat Tornillo was Executive Director of the Classroom Teachers Association and a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in Dade County, Florida. The Miami Herald published two editorials criticizing Mr. Tornillo and his candidacy. He demanded that the Herald publish his responses to the editorials. When the Herald refused, Mr. Tornillo sued in Dade County Circuit Court under a Florida statute, which granted political candidates criticized by any newspaper the right to have their responses to the criticisms published. The Herald challenged the statute as a violation of the free press clause of the First Amendment. The Circuit Court ruled that the statute was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court of Florida reversed this decision and the case ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The audio and information in this program are courtesy of the Oyez project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at: http://www.oyez.org/

Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 8:39am (ET)

Related Events

C-SPAN Radio's Supreme Court Historic Oral Argument: Previewing Campaign Donations Case “Colorado Gop Federal Campaign Committee V. Fec” (1996)
Friday, October 4, 2013     


On October 8 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in “McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission:” A case about the constitutionality of the two-year ceiling on campaign donations to federal candidates.

C-SPAN Radio's Supreme Court Historic Oral Argument: Previewing Legislative Prayer Case “Marsh V. Chambers” (1983)
Friday, September 27, 2013     

On November 6, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in “Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway”:  A case about the constitutionality of prayers to open local government meetings.

C-SPAN Radio's Supreme Court Historic Oral Argument: Previewing Potus Recess Appointment Case “New Process Steel v. Nlrb” (2010)
Friday, September 13, 2013     

The new Supreme Court term starts October 7---and one of the key cases will be “National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning”—a case about the President’s power to name appointees temporarily to government posts when the Senate is in recess.

LBJ Tapes: GULF OF TONKIN
Friday, September 6, 2013     

As Congress prepares next week to debate authorizing the use of military force in Syria---on Saturday, September 7, C-SPAN Radio will air a special program of President Johnson’s August 1964 calls on the events that led to Congress approving the Gulf of Tonkin resolution. You’ll hear LBJ talk to key advisers including Defense Secretary Robert McNamara—Secretary of State Dean Rusk—and National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy.

LBJ Tapes: CALLS WITH KEY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Friday, August 23, 2013     

On Saturday, August 24, C-SPAN Radio continues a month of the LBJ Tapes: Calls with key members of Congress. In this program: Phone conversations with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman and Johnson adviser Richard Russell. Topics  in these 1964 calls include violence against Americans in the Panama Canal zone---the conclusions of the Warren Commission on the assassination of President Kennedy---and the war in Vietnam.

LBJ Tapes: CALLS WITH KEY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Friday, August 16, 2013     

On Saturday, August 17, C-SPAN Radio continues a month of the LBJ Tapes: Calls with key members of Congress. In this program: Phone conversations with House Republican leader Charlie Halleck of Indiana, from 1963 and ’64---and with his successor: Future President Gerald ford of Michigan,  from 1965 and ’66.  Topics include major legislation such as the Civil Rights, tax and foreign policy bills— appointments to the Securities and Exchange Commission and to the Export-Import Bank---and the Republican National Convention.

LBJ Tapes: CALLS WITH KEY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Friday, August 9, 2013     

On Saturday, August 10, C-SPAN Radio continues a month of the LBJ Tapes: Calls with key members of Congress. In this program, President Johnson talks with Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois in 1964 and ’65. You’ll hear them negotiate on major legislation including the Civil Right bill—and on high level appointments, such as Treasury Secretary and openings on the Federal Communications Commission.

THE NIXON TAPES
Friday, August 2, 2013     

This Saturday, C-SPAN Radio begins a month of the LBJ Tapes: 1960’s calls with and about key members of Congress and legislation.  In this first program, on Saturday, August 3 at 6pm ET:  President Johnson and his chief Congressional aide Larry O’Brien strategize about legislation including Civil Rights, Medicare and poverty programs. You’ll also hear C-SPAN Radio’s interviews with LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove---and with Larry O’Brien’s son.

THE NIXON TAPES
Thursday, July 25, 2013     

On Saturday, July 27 C-SPAN Radio concludes this month’s series of some of President Richard Nixon’s phone calls from the summer of 1972 , while the President was at Camp David.

THE NIXON TAPES
Friday, July 19, 2013     

On Saturday, July 20 C-SPAN Radio continues a month of some of President Richard Nixon’s phone calls from the summer of 1972 , while the President was at Camp David.

Share This Event Via Social Media

Audio Playlist

  • C‑SPAN Radio's Supreme Court Historic Oral Argument
Sundays at Eight - New Book