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FROM NEWSEUM INSTITUTE: Larry Flynt and the First Amendment

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Larry Flynt, the septuagenarian publisher of Hustler magazine, is one of the most controversial figures in First Amendment jurisprudence. He is legendary for simultaneously pushing the buttons and boundaries of sexual expression in the United States while fighting key free speech fights against figures such as the late Jerry Falwell, who headed the Moral Majority and founded Liberty University.

The 1988 case of Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, in which Flynt scored a unanimous victory before the U.S. Supreme Court protecting an ad parody that suggested how Falwell lost his virginity, is what makes programs ranging from The Daily Show to South Park to Saturday Night Live possible. Flynt also has fought important, but far less known, federal court fights for press access to U.S. military operations in both Afghanistan and Grenada.

Flynt was interviewed July 24, 2014 at Hustler’s headquarters in Beverly Hills on the fortieth anniversary of Hustler magazine. Steve Johnson of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications produced the video of the interview.

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FROM FOLCS.ORG: Trials and Error-HUSTLER Magazine and Larry Flynt V. Jerry Falwell

Thursday, March 13th, 2014


“Jon Stewart can do what he does because of my case,” proclaims Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler Magazine. That case, Hustler Magazine and Larry Flynt v. Jerry Falwell, was decided more than a quarter of a century ago by the United States Supreme Court. The unanimous decision in favor of Flynt’s ad parody of Falwell ended a four year battle between the two who, ironically, went on to have a cordial relationship. Flynt first published Hustler in 1974 and spent the next two decades fighting obscenity laws that criminalized its sale. Forty years later he looks back on his battle for what he calls the “right to be left alone.”

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