We do not accede to the suggestion that the constitutional protection for a free press applies only to the expression of ideas. The line between the informing and the entertaining is too elusive for the protection of that basic right. Everyone is familiar with instances of propaganda through fiction. What is one man’s amusement, teaches another’s doctrine.

Stanley Forman Reed (1884-1980) US Supreme Court Justice (1938-57)
Winters v. New York, 333 US 507, 510 (1948)

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