Firing Line

  • 1971

A long-running series that addressed hot-button issues in lively, erudite discussions between the droll, conservative host and guests from across the political spectrum. The forum for clashing ideological viewpoints set the stage for future debate gabfests such as `Crossfire,' `Hardball' and `The O'Reilly Factor.'

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AFTRA: Compulsory Unionism and Civil Liberties

First Aired: March 4, 1971

Taped in March 1971, this program developed out of William F. Buckley's legal battle over compulsory membership with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. AFTRA threatened to keep Buckley off TV if he quit the union. Buckley contends that AFTRA's position restrains his right of free speech. Discussing the case: Aryeh Neier of the ACLU and pro-AFTRA advocate Michael Harrington.

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