Video: My interview with Reason TV

posted at 3:35 pm on February 2, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When I was in Washington DC three weeks ago, Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie invited me to their offices to sit down for a short interview. Nick, here with his biker moustache, talked with me for about eight minutes on camera, and for a while off camera as well. When I left, I tweeted something to the effect that there wasn’t nearly as much pot in the office as you’d expect, but in reality … no, there really wasn’t.  We did have a great conversation about Hot Air, living outside the Beltway bubble, and the opportunities that the era of New Media have provided:

Along with the anonymous “Allahpundit,” Ed Morrissey is the key to the success of Hot Air, one of the biggest commentary and video sites on the glorious system of tubes we call the Internet. Day in and day out, Morrissey, who also hosts a web radio show and has recently started writing for The Week, weighs in on politics and culture from a center-right POV that is, he says, is getting more and libertarian out of deference to reality.

An L.A. ex-pat who landed in Minneapolis, Morrissey’s rise to blog stardom exemplifies how new media has leveled the playing field and given everyone a shot at an audience. Earlier in the decade, Morrissey was working as the night manager of a call center when he started the blog Captain’s Quarters. The success of that site—he was even named The Week’s “Blogger of the Year” a few years back—led to a contract with the experimental Blog Talk Radio and, in 2008, the Hot Air gig. Morrissey still dials in from the Midwest, a location he says gives him a different perspective than many commentators in the BosWash corridor.

That’s the Reason TV description of the video.  I liked this comment it received on the YouTube channel:

Best intro to a ReasonTV vid ever. Ed Morrissey is wondering if he’s really getting a ReasonTV interview or if he’s just getting punked by Gillespie.

Nick and I have known each other for a while, and I know his sense of humor. The point Nick wanted to make was that the democratization of the media has allowed many more voices to come to the fore, and to provide a market with low enough barriers to entry to discover and develop those voices outside of the established media elite.  Reason argues for free markets for that very purpose, which is why I enjoy the magazine so much.

Or, heck, maybe Nick was trying to punk me, but with that moustache, I think he knew he was on shaky ground ….

Addendum: One very minor correction: I was actually the overall manager of the call center, not the night manager, but I was on call 24/7.

Update: Reason updated the description.

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Nick was just lording over you with all that hair he has all over his head. Knowing you’d be oh so jealous.

lorien1973 on February 2, 2011 at 3:38 PM

lorien1973 on February 2, 2011 at 3:38 PM

And I was!

Ed Morrissey on February 2, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Great interview.

Inanemergencydial on February 2, 2011 at 3:44 PM

But really. You should tell him that that leather jacket he wears has become so old. It’s like the only piece of clothing he owns or something.

lorien1973 on February 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Nick just got off the set as his other career, where he stars in high quality films such as Nick Naked.

lorien1973 on February 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Nice job Ed. I hope your and AP’s libertarian leanings still hold in the next Republican administration.

Free Constitution on February 2, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Nice. Congrats on the increased platform. First The Week, now Reason, you’re a rising star!

That said, we’ve got to work on this habit of yours of wearing dark shirts with your suits…

Trent1289 on February 2, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Jeez Ed, you clean up real good.

Nice job, congrats.

Shotgun Messiah on February 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Good job Ed. Congrats.

OmahaConservative on February 2, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Although it may be the creeping senility of being stuck in my house because of the snow and ice for the last two days, but didn’t you say you have a grandchild? Are you some kind of un-aging wizard?

Good interview, btw. You deserve the exposure, albeit no one deserves exposure to Nick’s pornstache.

elcapt on February 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM

You’re living the life of Riley, Ed. Looking good.

BJ* on February 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Ed, you handsome devil you!

Listen to all the HA ladies swooning.

petefrt on February 2, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Great interview Mr. Morrissey. Mr. Gillespie was okay. It’s probably not fair to judge him on his visits to Red Eye but I am not a fan of his flavor of snark, seems a touch condescending.

Cindy Munford on February 2, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Nick looks like he’s trying out for the Village People.

Paradox Drive on February 2, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Good interview. It was also interesting to hear the description of HotAir & the resident bloggers as “center-right” with “libertarian” flavors. I think that helps fill in some of the gaps from the Malkin-founded success that is this website, with some of the traffic growth & sometimes non-traditional-conservative content.

Enjoy the Midwest snow! (I’m in Indiana, so we’re iced in as well).

cs89 on February 2, 2011 at 4:24 PM

You ARE a man of reason Ed. Love your clever writing skills as well as the promptness with which you crank those stories out. Do you ever sleep!

justonevictory on February 2, 2011 at 5:04 PM


A conservative-libertarian fusion. Perfect!

p.s. Allahpundit is TV’s Andy Levy

John the Libertarian on February 2, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Good interview, Ed. Hope I’m not getting in dutch with the “back in the day” reminiscence and observations over in the Reason comments thread ;)

Although, I AM trying to defend and clarify a few things. In a rather unvarnished manner.

Wind Rider on February 2, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Good interview…

… and thank you for all your excellent work here at Hot Air, Ed.

Seven Percent Solution on February 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Well done Ed, I think you did a great job of answering the question about the differences between conservatives and libertarians.

That particular wall needs to come down soon if there is any hope of making Obama a one-termer.

Tman on February 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Good job. I’ve been a fan since the Captains Quarters days.

This is the first site I usually come to in the morning, after email. Keep up the good work.

Keith_Indy on February 2, 2011 at 9:34 PM

lorien1973 on February 2, 2011 at 3:38 PM
And I was!

Ed Morrissey on February 2, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Ed – Do you shave your head everyday? I am at once a week and notice I need to go to twice a week, if not more.

Baldies can be jeolous of other baldies, you know…

Odie1941 on February 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Nick needs a moustache; but, I am not at all that sure he’s found the right style. He looks to “antique” with that particular style.

(And you needed some face powder on your head to cut the shine.)

That said, it was a nice interview with some good views presented. Libertarian is why you guys work for me. I am rather firmly of the view that to a high degree we lack real self-responsible adults in this country. The cuddle comfort all encompassing government is what is doing it to this nation. And one must remember, adults are free men and women. Children are cuddled and comforted and not free because they need somebody to take care of them. That is why (much) smaller government is the answer.

(The chief domestic responsibility of the Federal Government is to keep itself small enough that when we say “The Government” others must ask, “Which one?” After that the Federal Government must keep the state governments and multi-state, multi-national corporations “clean” of corruption. And the state governments must keep the corporations, counties, and cities within it “clean” of corruption. Then we talk about luxuries such as the interstate highway and air traffic control systems.)

Please keep up the good work, both of you.


herself on February 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Did Nick already come out of the closet?

V-rod on February 3, 2011 at 5:37 PM