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Censorship: The Threat to Silence Talk Radio Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 5, 2009
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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 The doctrine, enacted in 1979 and repealed by the Reagan administration in 1987, requires airing opposing viewpoints on television and radio.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.
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It's hard fitting "fair" into framework. As Supreme Court
Justice Potter Stewart once ruled on obscenity, he couldn't define
it, but knew it when he saw it.
Having over 90% of government regulated, publicly owned
AM/FM radio airwaves devoted to right-wing commentary is simply unfair. And this 90% plus percentage is, pun intended, a conservative estimate.
Such dominance in the last two decades came about through the
mechanics of "free market" economics. It's The Golden Rule 2.0."He Who Has The Gold-- Rules." Commercial sponsorship commands programming. Business loves Rush, Sean, Glenn and Mark.
As of this week, Fresno, California, has four full-time talk stations, KMJ-AM (580), KMJ-FM (105.5), KJZN (105.9) and KYNO-AM (1330), all devoted to Conservative thought. For example, between 9 AM and Noon, it's Glenn Beck against Rush Limbaugh vs. Dennis Miller opposite Laura Ingram.
In earlier times, the Federal Communications Commission
enforced what came to be known as "The Fairness Doctrine". This
was a policy, not a law, firm definition proving elusive. It just
meant all sides of important issues should be heard.
It was never meant to shut people down, but open discussion up.
In August of 1987, under President Ronald Reagan, the FCC
abolished the Doctrine.
In August of 1988, Rush Limbaugh, through the magic of newly emerging satellite technology, began national syndication with radio stations unhampered by the need to offer reasonable rebuttal. Ratings scored, profits soared and "Rush Rooms" flourished coast-to-coast. With lemming-like instinctive drive at full throttle, rewarded by riches, the American broadcast industry took a right hand turn, now intransigently locked in place.
Might I suggest that when 2009 financial covenants can't be met, taxpayer owned (or owed) banks should seize the stations and/or broadcast groups
which they funded and transfer the facilities in Federal
Communications Commission-sanctioned public auctions to local
In such transactions, former employees would receive special
consideration, including the opportunity to be considered for
small-business loans to not only gain control but participate in
common, community-oriented ownership.
It's only fair.
I'm afraid the truth is that conservatives only care about their freedom to speak--but don't want to allow those who disagree the opportunity. Otherwise, why have the corporations gone wild in buying up our media outlets?
They want to brainwash us.
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...
WE NEED THE FAIRNESS DOCTRIN SO THEY WILL BE FORCED TO TELL THE TRUTH. OTHERWISE OPPOSING VIEWS WILL. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT?
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