Steven S. Neff

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The long history of the relationship between the military and the media has been somewhat enigmatic. The fact that each institution has a strong constitutional mandate for its operations necessarily implicates the judiciary as a player in the inevitable conflict between the armed forces and the press. Ironically, these three entities-the military, media, and judiciary-frequently meet on the same First Amendment battlefield. The purpose of this Comment is to discuss this relationship historically and currently, assert the possible roles of each institution generally and with respect to one another, and attempt to predict the ebb and flow of the future relationship. Before discussing the specifics of this triangular relationship and the impact that the courts should or should not have on the relationship, one must first understand the current general status of both the military and the media.