Filter: Freedom of the press, robot writers and Teletubbies


This week’s Filter can help us all celebrate the freedom of the press guaranteed under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Here’s hoping you enjoy your holiday weekend full of food … for thought.

Be careful with fireworks.

Things we saw (and heard)

Chicago U.S. appeals judge says he’s sorry for anti-Constitution rant — ABC 7 Chicago

The publisher of weekly newspaper in north Georgia has been arrested for statements made in an open records request — AP

The Associated Press will use automated writing to cover the minor leagues — Poynter

Losing Little Dixie: How Decades Of Democratic Dominance Came To An End In Southeast Oklahoma — KGOU

Donald Trump’s ‘Star of David’ tweet about Hillary Clinton posted weeks earlier on racist feed — NBC News

Bomb attack in Baghdad shopping district kills more than 120 — Washington Post

UAE warns travelers not to wear traditional dress after Emerati visitor is arrested in Ohio — Washington Post

Germany shuts door to fracking — Phys

Graffiti artist banned from 20% of US after Reddit users’ investigation — The Guardian

Quotes to note


— Trump supporter, referring to Muslim TSA agents in hijabs, in question to the presidential candidate at his New Hampshire rally, 6/30/16

“if you have a critique for . . . our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression.”

— Actor Jesse Williams, referring to critique of the Black Lives Matter movement during an acceptance speech at the BET Awards, 6/26/16

“it makes the ‘house of cards’ look like teletubbies.”

— Conservative MP Nigel Evans to the BBC about the treacherous week of post-Brexit British politics, 6/30/16

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