Glenn Reynolds

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Glenn Reynolds is the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee. His particular interests are "law and technology and constitutional law issues." [1] He is also well-known as a blogger for his Instapundit blog. [2]

Reynolds is also a member of the U.S. Department of Defense's Bloggers' Roundtable.


Reynolds has engaged in a campaign to convince readers that most journalists actively distort coverage as part of a desire to ensure America's defeat in Iraq, with the apparent goal of replacing a freedom of the press as it exists today with mandated, trustworthy patriotism:

Not that [journalists] actively favor the terrorists, of course. They just view beating their domestic political enemies as more important.
Freedom of the press, as it exists today (and didn't exist, really, until the 1960s) is unlikely to survive if a majority -- or even a large and angry minority -- of Americans comes to conclude that the press is untrustworthy and unpatriotic. How far are we from that point? [3]

When Matthew Yglesias criticized this comment, Reynolds responded only with links to an unverifiable secondhand report of an unnamed journalist and a comment taken out of context. This, however, ignored many instances where Reynolds did quote left wing journalists and pundits [4].

Like Gary Kamiya
I have at times, as the war has unfolded, secretly wished for things to go wrong. Wished for the Iraqis to be more nationalistic, to resist longer. Wished for the Arab world to rise up in rage. Wished for all the things we feared would happen. I'm not alone: A number of serious, intelligent, morally sensitive people who oppose the war have told me they have had identical feelings.
and Tom Robbins
Quite probably the worst thing about the inevitable and totally unjustifiable war with Iraq is that there’s no chance the U.S. might lose it. America is a young country, and intellectually, emotionally, and physically, it has been exhibiting all the characteristics of an adolescent bully, a pubescent punk who’s too big for his britches and too strong for his age. Someday, perhaps, we may grow out of our mindless, pimple-faced arrogance, but in the meantime, it might do us a ton of good to have our butts kicked. Unfortunately, like most of the targets we pick on, Iraq is much too weak to give us the thrashing our continuously overbearing behavior deserves.

Published Works

  • Glenn Reynolds and Robert P. Merges, Outer Space: Problems of Law and Policy (1989), ISBN 081337622X; 2nd ed. (1997), ISBN 0813318025
  • Glenn Reynolds, The Appearance of Impropriety: How the Ethics Wars Have Undermined American Government, Business, and Society (1997), ISBN 0684827646 (with Peter W. Morgan)
  • Glenn Reynolds, An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths (2006), ISBN 1595550542

Contact Details

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