Nat Hentoff, senior fellow at the CATO Institute, discusses the media’s narrow spectrum of allowable opinions reflected in the firing/retiring of Juan Williams, Helen Thomas and Rick Sanchez, the dangers lurking within the massive Obamacare bill, the bipartisan uproar against a judicial ruling excluding evidence obtained by torture in the terrorism prosecution of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and how the government torture apparatus’s continued use explains Obama’s “look forward not back” self-immunizing tag line.
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Nat Hentoff is a senior fellow at the CATO Institute and one of the foremost authorities on the First Amendment. His column, Sweet Land of Liberty, has been distributed by the United Feature Syndicate since 1992.
Hentoff has earned numerous awards and is a widely acknowledged defender of civil liberties. In 1980, he was awarded an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award for his coverage of the law and criminal justice in his columns. In 1983, the American Library Association awarded him the Imroth Award for Intellectual Freedom. In 1995, he received the National Press Foundation Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism, and in 1999, he was a Pulitzer finalist for commentary.
Hentoff was a columnist and staff writer with The Village Voice for 51 years, from 1957 until 2008. A jazz expert, Hentoff writes on music for The Wall Street Journal and Jazz Times. He has lectured at many colleges, universities, law schools, elementary, middle and high schools, and has taught courses in journalism and the Constitution at Princeton University and New York University. Hentoff serves on the Board of Advisors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (F.I.R.E.) and is on the steering committee of the Reporters’ Committee for the Freedom of the Press.