20 years ago in reason


"NBC might as well have been the Nader Broadcasting Corporation on November 17. For its Dateline NBC segment on G.M. pickups, the network hired a trial lawyer's advocacy group to crash the trucks. Testers overfilled one truck's gas tank, used a nonstandard gas cap that popped off on impact, and strapped remote controlled model-rocket engines to the truck's frame to guarantee a fire." 

'"Rick Henderson, "Crash Dummies"

"A very dangerous principle is now being established as a social right: Thou shalt not hurt others with words. This principle is a menace'"and not just to civil liberties. At bottom it threatens liberal inquiry'"that is, science itself."

'"Jonathan Rauch, "The Truth Hurts: The Humanitarian Threat to Free Inquiry"

'"April 1993