First obscenity laws were passed in 1872.
Shield Laws – a law which gives reporters some protection against having to disclose their sources or reveal other confidential information in legal proceedings.
State and federal courts have rejected this law; some reporters go to jail to protect their sources.
Presidents can withhold information from the media except in criminal court cases – executive privilege.
The Supreme Court said the press (journalists/reporters) like citizens must respond to certain questions but 30 states have shield laws since 2008.