FAN 178.1 (First Amendment News) Stanton Foundation — $$$ Funder of First Amendment Causes

Frank Stanton on cover of Time Magazine (Dec. 4, 1950)

When it comes to funding First Amendment causes, few foundations can rival the recent outlays of the Stanton Foundation (a later post will highlight the philanthropic work of Knight Foundation).

In a future post, I welcome the chance to interview some of the fine folks from the Stanton Foundation. Until then, here are a few words about the man and his legacy as embodied in the Stanton Foundation.

The Stanton Foundation was created by Frank Stanton (1908-2006), who is widely regarded as one of the greatest executives in the history of electronic communications and one of the television industry’s founding fathers.

Here is a sampling of some of the First Amendment and related causes the Stanton Foundation has funded:

  1. The Stanton Foundation Media Litigation Fellowship (2018)
  2. Duke wants to train more First Amendment lawyers. Here’s how it plans to do it (2018)
  3. Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (2018)
  4. 2017-19 Frank Stanton Fellowship: Electronic Frontier Foundation
  5. Cornell Law School Announces Launch of New First Amendment Clinic (2017)
  6. Stanton Foundation grant expands new CWRU Law School lab dedicated to intellectual property and First Amendment issues (2017)
  7. ASU Law establishes First Amendment clinic with gift from the Stanton Foundation (2017)
  8. Does the 1st Amendment Protect Hate Speech on Campus & Online? (2017)
  9. The First Amendment and Hate Speech (National Constitutional Center, 2017)
  10. The State of Financial Disclosure Project (2017)
  11. Journalism professors lead research into future-proofing local TV news (2017)
  12. Rebecca Tushnet joins Harvard Law faculty as Professor of First Amendment Law: Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law (2016)
  13. 2016 Freedom of the Press Awards Dinner
  14. Stanford Law School to Establish First Amendment Professorship with $5 Million Gift (2015)
  15. FIRE Launches First Amendment Online Library (2015) (here too)
  16. Top First Amendment Lawyer to Head MFIA Clinic (2015)
  17. 2015 Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press
  18. SciCheck puts political claims under a microscope (2015)
  19. The Funders Behind the Fact Checkers (2015)
  20. Stanton Foundation Legal Fellowship
  21. Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment (Kennedy School of Government)

Snapshot of the man (from NYT obituary, Dec. 26, 2006)

Frank Stanton

“Dr. Stanton bore much of the criticism when Washington objected to CBS News’s coverage of the war in Vietnam and was threatened with jail in 1971. CBS had broadcast an hourlong investigative report called “The Selling of the Pentagon,” about a $30 million campaign by the Defense Department to improve its image, and the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee demanded that he turn over material cut from the program. When he refused to comply, he was called before the committee.”

“He said the order amounted to an infringement of free speech and freedom of the press under the First Amendment. ‘If newsmen are told their notes, films and tapes will be subject to compulsory process so that the government can determine whether the news has been satisfactorily edited,’ he said, ‘the scope, nature and vigor of their news reporting will be inevitably curtailed.'”

YouTube Interviews (Television Academy Foundation)

  1. Executive Frank Stanton on his relationship with Bill Paley
  2. Executive Frank Stanton on “The Selling of the Pentagon
  3. Frank Stanton on Murrow, Severeid, and Klauber of CBS News
  4. Frank Stanton on the blacklist
  5. Executive Frank Stanton on Lyndon Johnson
  6. Frank Stanton on the transition between radio and television

Nadine Strossen on Frank Stanton 

 “Frank was a staunch supporter of the Shorenstein Center and the Kennedy School, retiring here in Boston after he left New York.  In his will, Frank left the bequest that through the Stanton Foundation allowed us to establish the Salant Lecture.  Frank Stanton insisted that this lecture be named not for himself, but for his friend and protégé, Richard Salant.”

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