This past week, at least 145 writers affiliated with PEN America have pulled out of an award ceremony honoring the courage in free expression of the massacred cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. With friends like these defending free expression, who needs friends?
"What's the Biggest Threat to Free Speech?": Interviews conducted by Michael C. Moynihan, filmed and edited by Jim Epstein. Approximately 3.30 minutes.
Original release date was December 16, 2010 and the original writeup is 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.