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Exploring the 1st Amendment in a time of Trump-MSNBC showdowns

Exploring the 1st Amendment in a time of Trump-MSNBC showdowns

Many Americans felt anxious after the election of Donald Trump. But few harbored the dread that Brian Knappenberger did.

The documentary filmmaker, who specializes in government suppression and surveillance stories, was in the final stages of editing “Nobody Speak," about Hulk Hogan's crippling lawsuit against Gawker and the 1st Amendment generally. What had been a sobering but manageable tale of the free press suddenly became something different.

“I felt a chill,” Knappenberger said in an interview. "The Trump scenes [in the film] went from cautionary to ‘Oh… The guy who talks about opening up libel laws and who berates the press every five minutes is now in...

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