Released: Filed Under: NSDA Lincoln-Douglas
About "Public Safety"
This case requires you to win the definition of a right, and to hold that over your opponent. Your resolutional analysis is key. If you can prove that reporters do not have a legal entitlement to keep their sources confidential, you can with any negative round this year.
It’s good to keep in mind that the First Amendment has limits. You can say or not say pretty much whatever you like, but there are a few catches. One of those catches, which reporters have tried to skirt, is that you are required to disclose information if it is subpoenaed by a legitimate court through the proper channels. If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. Reporters sometimes mix with some shady people, law enforcement has an interest in rounding up shady people, and so reporters should share relevant information with law enforcement, even if that means uncovering the identity of a source. That keeps the public safe
Your value is public safety, which is foundational, so you shouldn’t have to spend much time defending it. If your opponent uses something like free speech, remind the judge that you can’t speak freely when your dead. The same goes for values like an informed public (though that concept is important in this case), since it’s arguably more important to have a safe public than an informed public. If you can win the value clash, your case keeps the stronger ground.
The application for this case is tricky. It serves as an illustration of how reporters can be forced to reveal the identities of their sources. The issue is, even in the opinion that this application quotes from, the justice is adamant that in most situations, it is a right of journalists to maintain source confidentiality. If Affirmatives turn this against you, remember your resolutional analysis. It certainly doesn’t seem like reporters are able, or should be able, to claim legal protection against source disclosure. On the contrary, it seems as though there is a legal obligation, in some instances, for reporters to reveal the identities of their sources. That train of reasoning is where you hang your hat and winning that train of reasoning can win you rounds.
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Mark’s competitive history includes top awards in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, parli, extemp, and apologetics in NCFCA and Stoa. He is currently an honors student at the University of Texas, dual-majoring in the Plan II Honors Program and the School of Business. Through his connections with forensics and writing for Monument, Mark earned an internship at the Texas Civil Justice League, where his research aims to increase stability and fairness in Texas’ civil justice system. In his spare time, Mark plays for UT’s rugby team.