Tuesday, October 19, 2010

James Madison would say, 'Let the players tweet'

James Madison
Should the North Carolina football program be allowed to ban tweeting by its players? The team made that decision recently, which went almost without comment in the local media, but The Daily Tar Heel has raised an interesting question about that decision.

The DTH, in an editorial, denounced that move on first amendment grounds, arguing that the players have a right to free speech.

"Student athletes are under more media scrutiny and play a larger role in the University’s PR strategy, but they are still citizens who have the same first amendment rights as any other student," The Daily Tar Heel wrote.

Frankly, that's a great point, and one the University, and media, should have recognized sooner.

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