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The question whether speech is, or is not, protected by the First Amendment often depends on the content of the speech. Thus, the line between permissible advocacy and impermissible incitation to crime or violence depends not merely on the setting in which the speech occurs, but also on exactly what the speaker had to say. See Bond v. Floyd, 385 U. S. 116, 385 U. S. 133-134; Harisiades v. Shaughnessy, 342 U. S. 580, 342 U. S. 592; Musser v. Utah, 333 U. S. 95, 333 U. S. 99-101. Similarly, it is the content of the utterance that determines whether it is a protected epithet or an unprotected 'fighting comment.' In Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U. S. 568, 315 U. S. 574, the court held that a statute punishing the use of 'damned racketeer[s] ' and 'damned Facist[s] ' did not unduly impair liberty of expression. And, in time of war, 'the publication of the sailing dates of transports or the number and location of troops' may unquestionably be restrained, see Near v. Minnesota ex rel. Olson, 283 U. S. 697, 283 U. S. 716, although publication of news stories with a different content would ...

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