Twenty-five years ago today, reporters, editors and owners of The Times stood accused in Federal court of treasonous defiance of the United States. We had begun to publish a 10-part series about the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000-page study of how four Administrations became entrapped in Vietnam — progressively more committed and more frustrated than they dared at every stage to admit to the public.
Archives for June 1996
An art exhibit, Love Makes a Family: Living in Lesbian and Gay Families, created to depict the diversity of families, was recently attacked in Amherst, Massachusetts by opponents who brought a lawsuit to have it banned from further showings in public schools. The exhibit includes photos and text about families that include gay children or parents.
In a continuing and costly saga, the Rib Lake, WI school district is still reeling from the censorship actions of its school board in 1993, although four of the seven members and two administrators have since been replaced. When school guidance counselor Mike Dishnow was fired for criticizing the school board’s banning of Judy Blume’s novel Forever, Dishnow sued the district for violating his First Amendment rights and won an award of almost $400,000 including his legal fees (Censorship News 61).