Ex-Reporter Opposes Paper's 1st Amendment Bid To 3rd Circ.

By Matthew Santoni (September 8, 2021, 6:27 PM EDT) -- Claiming the First Amendment as a defense shouldn't be the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's ticket to a Third Circuit appeal of a Black ex-reporter's bias lawsuit following her removal from Black Lives Matter coverage, the reporter's attorney argued to a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday.

Counsel for Alexis Johnson, who had been removed from Black Lives Matter coverage after posting a sarcastic tweet comparing the protests' damage to trash left behind by an annual country music concert, said there was no substantial circuit split or novel question of law that would justify taking the case to the Third Circuit for an interlocutory appeal....

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