Wednesday's attack at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was a dark moment in the ever-worsening cultural climate against free inquiry.
Reason's Matt Welch eloquently outlines the importance of Charlie and trends in the broader West to curb offensive speech here. But back in 2010, Reason TV asked some of the biggest names in politics and journalism about the greatest threats to free speech. Watch below to hear their answers.
Interviews by Michael C. Moynihan and produced by Jim Epstein. About 4 minutes. Original release date was December 16, 2010 and original writeup below.
What's the biggest threat to free speech? Reason.tv asks a cavalcade of politicians, journalists, filmmakers and content creators ranging from former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-N.M.) to Fox News' Greg Gutfeld to The Atlantic's Megan McArdle to adult filmmaker John Stagliano to new media magnate Andrew Breitbart to call their shot.
Featured (in order of appearance):
Andy Levy, Fox News' Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld
Gov. Gary Johnson, Our America Initiative
Roger Stone, Political Strategist, Blogger, The StoneZone
John Stagliano, Evil Angel Productions
Cyan Banister, CEO, Zivity.com
Robert Corn-Revere, Davis Wright Tremaine
Kevin D. Williamson, Deputy Managing Editor, National Review
John Tierney, Science Columnist, The New York Times
Robert A. George, Editorial Writer, The New York Post
Kristin Davis, "Manhattan Madam" and NY Gubernatorial Candidate
Rob Kampia, Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project
Scott Ross, Editor, NBC's PopcornBiz
Bob Bowdon, Director, The Cartel
Tony Ortega, Editor in Chief, The Village Voice
Fred Smith, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Joe Garden, Features Editor, The Onion
John Papola, Producer-Director, "Fear the Boom and Bust"
Megan McArdle, Business and Economics Editor, The Atlantic
Greg Gutfeld, Fox News' Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld
The interviews were conducted on December 9, 2010, at The Box, a nightclub on Manhattan's Lower East Side. They took place during a Reason event designed to celebrate our work—and those of others across the political and ideological spectrum—in defense of free expression.
Interviews conducted by Michael C. Moynihan and filmed and edited by Jim Epstein. Approximately 3.30 minutes.