The Taming of the Press: Cohen v. Cowles Media Company (Hardback)
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The Taming of the Press: Cohen v. Cowles Media Company (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 30/09/1999
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Cohen v. Cowles Media Company changed the course of First Amendment media law. After a quarter century of decisions interpreting the First Amendment to give media organizations preferential treatment, the Supreme Court ruled in 1991 that the Constitution did not give the press immunity from the laws ordinary citizens must obey. The American Bar Association quarterly Communications Lawyer (Spring 1998) calls Cohen a media law hall of fame case. The author, who was the plaintiff's sole attorney in all phases of the case, provides detailed analysis of the complexities of constitutional litigation and the strategic and tactical considerations involved in formulating constitutional arguments in the Supreme Court and other courts.

This is a classic David v. Goliath story of a lone lawyer who worked out of his basement taking on media and legal giants and winning. Scores of attorneys from major law firms around the country represented the Minneapolis and St. Paul newspaper defendants and their allies in court in a case where experts were confident that the press could never lose. The Cohen decision has revolutionized the law regarding accountability for wrongdoing by media organizations, and many federal and state courts have relied upon the Cohen case in holding media organizations liable for their actions. This lively account will interest not only legal and media scholars, but all readers interested in correcting injustice.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275966010
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 603 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"I received a courtesy copy of the book, The Taming of the Press. I didn't get to reading it right away, but when I did, I gave every spare minute to it. Fascinating, compelling, these are cliches, I know, but few other adjectives apply. My fellow Mensan has told his remarkable tale in excellent fashion. His descriptions of moments of elation, and those of absolute despair, compare well with many fine writers. ... It's the conflict that holds us in its vise; the relatively unknown lawyer, a David, alone against the corporate Goliath -- devising strategies, attacking weaknesses, arguing legal points with his ex-wife who was a lawyer for the opposition (yes, that was just one of the strange developments in this remarkable odyssey). I guarantee it will hold your interest.... I cannot say enough about this book."-Mensa Bulletin
"[E]njoy seeing the pomposity, hypocrisy, and occasional downright viciousness of the Twin Cities press exposed."-Columbia Journalism Review
"The opinion is straight forward making it clear that the First Amendment is not a license to breach a promise, but Rothenberg gives the background that makes for the drama that could fill a screen."-Communications and the Law
"Starting in 1982 and ending a decade later, the David v. Goliath litigation led to dire warnings that proved accurate. The Taming of the Press, by Minneapolis solo practitioner Elliot C. Rothenberg... provides a lively account of how a news source who felt wronged started a chain reaction that has indeed permanently altered newsroom policies and procedures."-Legal Times
"By sharing his trial-preparation methods and theories, Rothernberg helps lay readers understand how he was able to persuade a jury of the harm done to Cohen when the newspapers overruled the promises of their reporters....The Taming of the Press is a roadmap of sorts for those who would prosecute claims against the press. In addition to giving hope and encouragement to anyone taking on a large media corporation, Rothenberg shares his winning method....The book's more substantial contribution may be in its value as a resource and teaching tool for media students, practitioners, gatekeepers, and lawyers who want to limit the potential liability of their organization."-Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
..."provides a lively, caustic version of how a news source who felt wronged started a chain reaction that has indeed altered newsroom policies and procedures permanently. Although the book is mostly about journalists, lawyers and judges, it ought to interest anybody who consumes news. That is because it shows starkly how newsrooms function--and sometimes malfunction. Furthermore, the book ought to interest anybody who likes to read morality tales, especially those of the seemingly powerless individual taking on gigantic corporations."-TomPaine.com
"YEnjoy seeing the pomposity, hypocrisy, and occasional downright viciousness of the Twin Cities press exposed."-Columbia Journalism Review
?[E]njoy seeing the pomposity, hypocrisy, and occasional downright viciousness of the Twin Cities press exposed.?-Columbia Journalism Review
?The opinion is straight forward making it clear that the First Amendment is not a license to breach a promise, but Rothenberg gives the background that makes for the drama that could fill a screen.?-Communications and the Law
?Starting in 1982 and ending a decade later, the David v. Goliath litigation led to dire warnings that proved accurate. The Taming of the Press, by Minneapolis solo practitioner Elliot C. Rothenberg... provides a lively account of how a news source who felt wronged started a chain reaction that has indeed permanently altered newsroom policies and procedures.?-Legal Times
?...provides a lively, caustic version of how a news source who felt wronged started a chain reaction that has indeed altered newsroom policies and procedures permanently. Although the book is mostly about journalists, lawyers and judges, it ought to interest anybody who consumes news. That is because it shows starkly how newsrooms function--and sometimes malfunction. Furthermore, the book ought to interest anybody who likes to read morality tales, especially those of the seemingly powerless individual taking on gigantic corporations.?-TomPaine.com
?By sharing his trial-preparation methods and theories, Rothernberg helps lay readers understand how he was able to persuade a jury of the harm done to Cohen when the newspapers overruled the promises of their reporters....The Taming of the Press is a roadmap of sorts for those who would prosecute claims against the press. In addition to giving hope and encouragement to anyone taking on a large media corporation, Rothenberg shares his winning method....The book's more substantial contribution may be in its value as a resource and teaching tool for media students, practitioners, gatekeepers, and lawyers who want to limit the potential liability of their organization.?-Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
?I received a courtesy copy of the book, The Taming of the Press. I didn't get to reading it right away, but when I did, I gave every spare minute to it. Fascinating, compelling, these are cliches, I know, but few other adjectives apply. My fellow Mensan has told his remarkable tale in excellent fashion. His descriptions of moments of elation, and those of absolute despair, compare well with many fine writers. ... It's the conflict that holds us in its vise; the relatively unknown lawyer, a David, alone against the corporate Goliath -- devising strategies, attacking weaknesses, arguing legal points with his ex-wife who was a lawyer for the opposition (yes, that was just one of the strange developments in this remarkable odyssey). I guarantee it will hold your interest.... I cannot say enough about this book.?-Mensa Bulletin
.,."provides a lively, caustic version of how a news source who felt wronged started a chain reaction that has indeed altered newsroom policies and procedures permanently. Although the book is mostly about journalists, lawyers and judges, it ought to interest anybody who consumes news. That is because it shows starkly how newsrooms function--and sometimes malfunction. Furthermore, the book ought to interest anybody who likes to read morality tales, especially those of the seemingly powerless individual taking on gigantic corporations."-TomPaine.com
"A superb job of telling what should become a legend of our age. The Cohen case did change media law and journalistic practice. It was a triumph of good over evil, David and Goliath."-Arnold H. Ismach Dean, School of Journalism University of Oregon testified for Cohen
"Elliot Rothenberg's [book] should be welcomed by all who relish a compelling, fluidly written story of lawyers and the law. It is also a work that should be required reading....Even more impressive than Rothenberg's presentation of a riveting story of basic rights in conflict, with scrupulous fairness to opposing points of view, are his real-life achievements depicted here. He not only won an epochal constitutional victory....but, unlike the protagonists in other recent high-profile lawsuits, he also obtained both damages and moral satisfaction on behalf of his much put-upon client....Most significant, however, is Rothenberg's demonstration that, for all its perceived flaws, our legal system continues to have the capacity to afford justice to the determined individual when represented by an imaginative and indefatigable lawyer, however long the odds and economically powerful the adversaries. It is, ultimately, a modern American morality tale deserving of the public's attention."-Kenneth Laurence Associate Justice Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Appeals Court
"In The Taming of the Press, Elliot Rothenberg has written a thorough, lively and hard-hitting account of one feisty and determined lawyer's efforts to win an important case against great odds. By so doing, he established a First Amendment landmark. All who believe in a free and honest press and a just legal system will take heart from this book."-Jerome A. Barron Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law George Washington University Law School

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