The main entrance to the Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif. Photo by Coolcaesar (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s year-end news conference, during which the president said Sony should have consulted him before canceling the release of “The Interview.” Also, is it a new world for Cuba?

Special guest Josh Barro of The New York Times says Sony’s behavior was cowardly, but also a rational reaction, and that the government should seize the movie by eminent domain and release it. Rich Lowry of National Review, who gives the view from the right, thinks Sony should have released the movie, and says refusing to do is like Adolf Hitler being able to reach into this country and stop Charlie Chapman from making fun of him. “It’s all fun and games when it’s Seth Rogen, but what happens when it’s a New York Times reporter?” he asks. Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You,” fits right into the conversation.

Listen here.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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