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Conservative talk-show programmer Jennings laments efforts by Democratic politicians to revive the Fairness Doctrine. The doctrine, enacted in 1979 and repealed by the Reagan administration in 1987, requires airing opposing viewpoints on television and radio. The huge popularity of conservative talk-radio programs and the consolidation of ownership of broadcasters has raised concerns about the need for more balanced voices. But Jennings argues that regular media, including NPR, and the Internet offer multiple channels for liberal views. He talked to conservative talk-show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, and others (as well as liberals Alan Colmes and Ed Schultz) for perspectives on the Fairness Doctrine. After 40 years in radio, he offers historical perspective on the growth of conservative talk radio. It grew out of the pent-up frustration of conservative listeners and has maintained popularity because the shows have developed talent and listener loyalty over the years. In the name of free speech, Jennings invites liberals to do the same rather than make back-door efforts to re-regulate the airwaves. --Vanessa Bush


"Brian Jennings eloquently explains how whatever you consume, in whatever medium, is none of Big Brother's business. Although the government may stay away from this book, you should not." -- Alan Colmes

"Brian Jennings' book correctly chronicles how my father, President Reagan, felt about the Fairness Doctrine. The book is a testament to free speech and if the President were here today, he would read and endorse this book." -- Michael Reagan

"Brian Jennings' long and fruitful career in radio gives him an excellent vantage point on what can really happen to free speech on the radio if we're not careful. "Censorship" is his call to action!" -- Rush Limbaugh

"A must read for everyone who values the First Amendment." -- Mark R. Levin, nationally syndicated radio host and "New York Times" bestselling author of "Liberty and Tyranny"

"Brian Jennings knows what the badly named Fairness Doctrine would do to stop the flow of information and the free exchange of opinions talk radio offers as the most successful and prolific format on radio in America. "Censorship" exposes the real danger that our representative form of government faces if selfish members of that same government succeed in effectively outlawing talk radio as we know it today." -- Lars Larson, "The Lars Larson Show", KXL Radio, Portland, Oregon

"Brian Jennings' excellent book shines a contemporary light via his frontline experience in talk radio on yet the latest assault on our society's most valuable treasure -- freedom of speech." -- Michael Harrison, publisher, "Talkers" magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439154422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439154427
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,225,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian H. Kim on May 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Really, there isn't a good reason to avoid this book or as Alan Colmes (believe it or not) puts it, "you should not [stay way from this book]."

Whether we love to hear Rush Limbaugh do Barney Frank impressions and tell us about the clowns in the elected office or Alan Colmes praise Obama for reaching out to America's enemies and describing whether his stimulus plan is right, there is one thing all Americans left and right need to agree on: not only Freedom of Speech, but also our choice to listen to whatever we want, are under attack.

Brian Jennings even describe how nonpolitical talk shows like Christian shows WILL BE affected if the Statists and their army achieve their dream of government-controlled airwaves like from 1949 to 1987. Mr. Jennings also documents the history of the Fairness Doctrine, proves how liberal Democrats want a Fairness Doctrine in any shape, form or name in their own words even though the Senate has voted to ban the Fairness Doctrine conservatives have dreaded (never forget, however, that the Dick Durbin Amendment of possible regulations). He shows how America has benefitted from conservative talk radio and the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine in the markets and how and why the politicians wants to force us to listen to whatever they want us to hear instead of having the right to choose to listen to people like Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Joe Scarabough, Savage, you name it all under a pretty name, fairness.

And the worst part is...this is all not a joke or exaggeration...
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This is a must read to anyone who cherishes the freedom of speech. Disguised in deceitful terminology, the Fairness Doctrine has nothing fair in it. The left-wingers are threatened by the freedom of speech, especially by conservative talk radio shows, which expose many left-wingers' ideologies and hypocrisies that are detrimental to this great nation. Thus the left-wingers are currently campaigning for the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine: an attempt to control conservative voices.

If you care about the freedom of speech, you should read this book. It is time to get ourselves educated and not be blindsided by the politicians whose sole purpose of pushing for the Fairness Doctrine is to protect themselves from being exposed as hypocrites. The Fairness Doctrine is not only threatening talk radio, but it can also be expanded to silence the freedom of speech in the internet, which means conservative bloggers can be silenced as well.
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I listen to quite a bit of talk radio. In fact, that's about the only radio I ever listen to. During the day I listen to a local station and try to catch Glenn Beck's show while driving at night and on the weekends I listen to NPR and PRI. Politically speaking, I'm a Libertarian. Therefore, I was already aware of the issue raised in Brian Jennings's book CENSORSHIP: THE THREAT TO SILENCE TALK RADIO. The book explains what the Fairness Doctrine was and then illustrates the ways that the progressive majority in the federal government might try to bring back the fairness doctrine under different names, e.g. localism & diversity, and through more subversive means.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Fairness Doctrine was an unconstitutional law put into place by the FCC under the presidential administration of FDR. The basic idea of the doctrine was that there should be equal time for all viewpoints. The idea was promoted as a way to ensure equity in the media and in an age in which there were only a handful of radio stations, three television networks, and the idea of the Internet was still a figment of the imagination it seemed like a good idea. In actuality, the doctrine was used by FDR to silence his critics. FDR was notorious for doing everything in his power and sometimes even outside of his power to eliminate the voices of those who opposed him (perhaps something he learned from his good friend Joseph Stalin). The Fairness Doctrine was one such example. Just on principle, the idea is unconstitutional, but even more disturbing is how the doctrine was brought about not by Congress itself, but by the FCC. Anyway, the only reason that radio still exists today is because of the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 by President Reagan and Congress.
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Conservative talk show programmer Brian Jennings raises valid concerns over possible reinstatement of the "Fairness Doctrine", which in all fairness, threatens our basic First Amendment rights, as Americans. This is another example of big government wielding power in areas that infringe on our civil liberties and personal freedom. They've done enough meddling; every time they interfere with our privacy and our Constitutional rights, we've also got to foot the bill. How revolting.

This country is already well on its way towards the disastrous effects of socialism; the more programs and policies that are inflicted upon us, the less civil liberties we have and the less personal income we're left with. It's a scenario that poses a very real and present danger to our psyche.

As Jennings implores, along with author Brad O'Leary in Shut Up, America!: The End of Free Speech, it's time for big government to start shrinking; not expanding. We're running the risk of becoming a nation of sheep, with no clear voice of reason to follow; just the bleating from the masses.

Censorship is just another way our government has the means to turn this country into a totalitarian state; we simply can't afford to let that happen.
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