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Earlier today, D.C.-based reason staffers gathered to talk about their upcoming and ongoing projects, and to discuss the stories of the day.

reason.tv Editor Nick Gillespie moderated the 30-minute freewheeling chat, which included reason mag Editor in Chief Matt Welch, Senior Editors Radley Balko and Kerry Howley, and Associate Editors Michael C. Moynihan and David Weigel.

The conference was videotaped by reason.tv's Dan Hayes and Roger M. Richards.

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  1. transcripts please

  2. “A bunch of lightweight hacks”

  3. Umm, dude. That table’s not round.

    And it looks like Nicky G. seized the power position as “moderator”. Make of that what you will.

  4. Hibbity hoopla
    Hibbity hey
    I can’t understand a word you say.

  5. I have the round table transcript right here:

    Reason Editor:

    Nick:

    All Editors:

    Repeat for about thirty minutes.

  6. Sorry, stupid HTML tags….

    I have the round table transcript right here:

    Reason Editor: Discusses his or her current work for the magazine

    Nick: Attempts a joke

    All Editors: Pretends to laugh

    Repeat for about thirty minutes.

  7. 30 minutes? I’d go to war if Reason asked, but that’s going too far.

    OT: Is Obama dog-whistling? And, if so, to whom? I’m sure DavidRockefeller would take his calls.

  8. The sincerity of libertarians’ opposition to eavesdropping is now confirmed. Thank you and good night.

  9. I’m waiting for the Special Edition DVD, with outtakes, deleted scenes, and the 60 minute documentary “The Making of The Reason Roundtable: Peril and Promise”.

    Pre-order yours at Amazon today.

  10. You guys have been hanging around Kurt Loder too much, “Real World” cinematography and all.

  11. Most of you guys have “the face for print.”

  12. Commenters, your harshness has become tiresome.

    The sound level is too low — and yeah, the table isn’t actually round, smirk — but it was kinda interesting to eavesdrop on that discussion.

    That was an interesting space the Reason staffers were in, too — bricks and books and a big wooden table (pine?) and matching shelves. Kinda cool.

  13. I like reading reason (the mag and HnR)but I want to watch this about as much as TMZ the Tv Show.

  14. “Real World cinematography”?!

    Naw, it was more like the first act of Reservoir Dogs.

  15. The market demands more inter-staff ribbings!

  16. “Alright guys, let’s get back to work!”

    Then out came the bongs…

  17. yeah the snarkiness is lame and unwarranted. I turned up the volume and its pretty interesting to see the process you guys go through. Also, as Stevo said, nice office!

  18. It was solid, not quite McLaughlin Group level, but a bit easier to listen to and pick out the voices.

  19. I liked it. Nick, stop with the bad jokes.

  20. Issue 1! On a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being a snowball’s chance in hell and 10 being metaphysical certitude….

  21. lol @ lonewhacko shoutout

  22. Franklin, it’s all about the Buchanan-McLaughlin interplay.

  23. Ah come on, Nick’s funny. Nobody bats a thousand.

    I’m just relieved to see a group of heady journalists joking around.

  24. Sam: “Nick, stop with the bad jokes.”

    Seriously? Was I the only one who thought the Rocky Dennis reference was funny?

  25. Just finished watching… I liked it. I’d watch more of these.

    Though now I have to find an issue to be obsessively wrong about, so I can get a shoutout too.

  26. I have one request =

    Weigel (“or Why-gel” arrrrgh!)

    Either drink the fucking coffee or dont – but for god’s sake stop picking it up, making like you’re about to drink, then bailing at the last second. It’s one of those things psychologists start taking notes about.

    like, “clearly repressing intense self loathing”

  27. Click ‘n’ Learn | February 20, 2008, 6:23pm | #

    30 minutes? I’d go to war if Reason asked, but that’s going too far.

    how about suicide bomb mission? Serious. Taco bell? After hours? you’ll break some glass! Serious. You can leave a note too. It will like, make a difference. Really. Did I mention 72 (AMERICAN) virgins as sideline benefit? Plus, people will take you seriously for once.

    For like, 30 seconds.

  28. That’s quality.

    I hope they make this weekly. It’s sort of predictable if you watch that after reading HnR all month, but otherwise, it’s just a great ad for the magazine.

    And Radley’s doing this country a damn service with his justice system coverage.

    I was as hard on reason for their “handling” of Ron Paul as anyone, but when they’re good, they’re good.

  29. Nice job on this, guys-plus-Kerry. Look forward to seeing it monthly or weekly.

  30. Totally OT, but I thought you’d enjoy this.

    Top front of boston.com (Boston Globe) website:

    Romney put in $42.3 million of his money

    The amount equates to about $167,000 for each of the 253 delegates Mitt Romney won before suspending his campaign. (Globe)

    ha ha!

  31. I used to have a purple shirt like that.

    sharp

  32. pretty interesting, Reason. looking forward to reading the stories you mentioned here. as others pointed out, a) sound levels were really too low, and b) nice office!

  33. hey — did anybody check out the youtube they have on reason TV of Prodigy from Mobb Deep shouting out Ron Paul? It was really brief, but he said he wouldn’t vote for Obama or any other candidate purely on race, and seemed to feel that RP is the only candidate committed to ‘preserving our freedoms’. nothing that surprising, but although i know that RP had gotten some interest within the hip hop community, i haven’t heard much more about it in some time. I’d kind of like to hear some more on that.

  34. I don’t know much about Mobb Deep except that he’s a collaborator with and presumably an employee of Mr. 50 Cent.

    Now there’s a guy who’s endorsement would bring the voters around…

  35. Somehow I pictures a Reason roundtable having more liquor.

  36. THAT was the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen. This should be a weekly segment. I live for the day I get a Kerry Howley shoutout.

  37. The sound level is too low —

    Where’s my snare. I have no snare in my headphones.

    Mobb Deep…Mr. 50 Cent

    My man Fiddy. Mobb’s aiiight.

    This reason insider shit is kickin’ when you can fuckin’ hear it.

  38. Ah Ha! Now we know why the articles here are so good. These guys think about em and stuff before they write em.

  39. That was kind of cool to watch.

  40. You guys are fucking movie stars!

    I loved that.

    And it looks like Nicky G. seized the power position as “moderator”. Make of that what you will.

    umm I think he is still the editor in chief at least for a bit longer.

  41. reason.tv Editor Nick Gillespie moderated the 30-minute freewheeling chat, which included reason mag Editor in Chief Matt Welch

    Ok I am wrong.

    I guess old comfortable hierarchies are hard to break.

  42. I have one request =

    Weigel (“or Why-gel” arrrrgh!)

    Either drink the fucking coffee or dont – but for god’s sake stop picking it up, making like you’re about to drink, then bailing at the last second. It’s one of those things psychologists start taking notes about.

    like, “clearly repressing intense self loathing”

    Oh fuck that…he did better then Greg Gutfeld did while sitting between Nick and Matt and that guy has his own TV show.

  43. You could take a page from those Russain news channels and do this naked. Would it increase viewership?

    Maybe you people can have a scandal and end up with your own version of “Shattered Glass.”

    There is another libertarian chit chst tonight. Sadly, everyone else there will be wearing clothes:

    The Washington DC Area Libertarian Party February Meetup” is tomorrow, Thursday, February 21 at 6:30PM!

    Meeting Reminder
    The Washington DC Area Libertarian Party Meetup Group
    Your Meetup has a meeting tomorrow!
    You still need to RSVP.
    Be there from the beginning. RSVP today.
    What
    The Washington DC Area Libertarian Party February Meetup
    When
    Thursday, February 21 at 6:30PM
    Where
    LNC Headquarters
    2600 Virginia Ave. Suite 200
    Washington DC 20032
    202-333-0008
    RSVP Now

  44. You could take a page from those Russain news channels and do this naked. Would it increase viewership?

    I, for one, would not watch (no offense to anybody!), and I imagine that the writers themselves would be even more uncomfortable with the cameras.
    Did I really need to say that?

    I’ll bet Mr Gillespie took the lead as moderator because he is now in charge of Reason.tv, and this was recorded for Reason.tv

  45. That was great. Reason.tv is great. Keep it up please.

  46. What’s the symbolism of the empty chair by the window?

  47. That’s Virginia Postrel’s chair.

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