In our highly charged and deeply divided political climate, the debate over the meaning of freedom of speech and the First Amendment has become more polarized. On the one-year anniversary of the unlawful siege on the U.S. Capitol, join Washington Post Live on Thursday, Jan. 6 for a robust series of discussions focused on interpretations of the First Amendment in this era of increasing partisanship and political rancor.


"I don’t think there’s any question that it is a step towards censorship… but deplatforming is something very different when you’re talking about private companies. Twitter has every right to deplatform Donald Trump or Marjorie Taylor-Greene.” (Washington Post Live)
“I’m not saying that Congress doesn’t have a role, I’m saying it’s inadequate to the task to live up to the role it has and I think it will make things worse… I’m very much interested in having legislatures look at some of these algorithms that… try to monetize dopamine hits by making people angry rather than informed.” (Washington Post Live)
“There were people making arguments on Fox News… in the post-election period that I think were deeply irresponsible… That gave people the impression that Trump had won an election he had lost and it contributed to the environment on Jan. 6, not question about it.” (Washington Post Live)
“Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and the other Fox primetime types… have a lot to answer for in the climate that they helped foster, which they’re still fostering… I think it’s a deeply dysfunctional and tragic situation over there.” (Washington Post Live)
“When people talk about social media platforms not respecting First Amendment rights, they’re being a little inaccurate there because private actors do not violate the First Amendment if they don’t allow a wide spectrum of speech.” (Washington Post Live)
“The Supreme Court has supported what is often called the ‘emergency principle,’ if in particular facts and circumstances speech with any message… directly causes or threatens certain specific imminent serious harm, than it can and should be suppressed.” (Washington Post Live)

Paul Clement

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Paul Clement is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis. Paul served as the 43rd U.S. Solicitor General from June 2005 until June 2008. He has argued over 100 cases before the Supreme Court, including a number of important First Amendment cases. He also serves as a Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is the editor in chief of The Dispatch. He holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and was previously senior editor at National Review, where he had worked for two decades. He is also the host of the podcast “The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg.”

A best-selling author, his nationally syndicated column appears regularly in over a hundred newspapers across the United States. He is also a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He was the founding editor of National Review Online and appears regularly on NPR's "Morning Edition."

The Atlantic magazine has identified Goldberg as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. Among his awards, in 2011 he was named the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He has written on politics, media, and culture for a wide variety of leading publications and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.

He is the author of the recentNew York Times bestseller Suicide of the West(Crown Forum, 2018), as well as two previous New York Times bestsellers: The Tyranny of Clichés (Sentinel HC, 2012) and Liberal Fascism (Doubleday, 2008).

Stephen Hayes

Stephen F. Hayes is CEO and Editor of The Dispatch, a conservative digital media company he started with Jonah Goldberg and Toby Stock in 2019. He is the author of two New York Times best sellers: The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America and Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President.

Hayes worked at The Weekly Standard magazine for nearly two decades, first as a reporter/writer and eventually as editor-in-chief. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Reason, National Review and many other publications. Hayes has written extensively about national politics, international affairs and the country’s current political leadership.

Hayes spent 12 years as a Fox News contributor, featured prominently in the network’s coverage of Supreme Court nominations, major presidential speeches, and primary and general election nights. Before joining FOX, Hayes was part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television,” which won a Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2008 elections. Other media appearances have included: NPR’s Talk of the Nation, TODAY, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, ABC’s “This Week,” FOX News Sunday, CNN's "State of the Union," The O’Reilly Factor, The McLaughlin Group, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Hayes is a native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He studied public policy at Georgetown University and received an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He previously worked as a senior writer at National Journal’s Hotline and as director of The Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. He lives in rural Maryland with his wife and four children.

Nadine Strossen

New York Law School Professor Emerita Nadine Strossen, past national President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008), is a leading expert and frequent speaker/media commentator on constitutional law and civil liberties, who has testified before Congress on multiple occasions. She serves on the advisory boards of the ACLU, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Heterodox Academy, and National Coalition Against Censorship, and is a Founding Member of the Academic Freedom Alliance. The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s "100 Most Influential Lawyers.” Her 2018 book HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship was selected by Washington University as its 2019 “Common Read.”

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Free speech for all? Americans’ views on free expression post-2020

A landmark survey from the Knight Foundation and Ipsos shows that overwhelming majorities of Americans agree on the principles of free speech and recognize their importance to a healthy democracy. But at the same time, they sharply disagree on how those principles should be applied and protected, with their views shaped by factors such as partisan affiliation and race.

Yanna Krupnikov

Yanna Krupnikov integrates psychology and political science in order to identify points at which new information can have the most profound effect on the way people form political opinions, make political choices, and, ultimately, take political actions. Some of her research, which has been recently published in a book, argues that political independents really aren’t independent but are ashamed of both parties and so choose to claim independence rather than associate with Republicans or Democrats.

Interviewed by Evette Alexander

Evette Alexander joined Knight Foundation in January 2019. She oversees a portfolio of research and evaluation efforts that inform the foundation’s impact strategies and thought leadership.

Previously, she served in various internal and external roles as a strategist and senior researcher working to cultivate insights that simplify complexity and enable critical decision-making.