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Freedom of speech. It is our most cherished privilege as Americans, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution since 1791. But our current presidential administration threatens to sharply curtail or silence altogether the freedom of expression that distinguishes America from the average dictatorship. What is under direct attack? Conservative talk radio. During the Reagan administration, conservative talk radio burgeoned when the FCC voted to stop enforcing the Fairness Doctrine, which required all licensed broadcasters to present "balanced" viewpoints on controversial issues. The format was a smash hit, attracting an estimated 50 million listeners weekly. Popular, profitable, outspoken, powerful, influential -- it's what the American people wanted, and its success was the Democrats' worst nightmare. Now, the principles underlying the Fairness Doctrine threaten to be reinstated. Under cover of being "fair," they will be used as a means of censorship, allowing government to influence who owns our airwaves and thus controls the content, a mandate with far-reaching implications for all media -- indeed, for freedom of speech for all Americans. - Publisher.

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the threat to silence talk radio
Brian Jennings.

Published 2009 by Threshold in New York .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Sean Hannity
Preface / Greg Walden
Introduction: Us vs. them
Talk radio in jeopardy: at what price free speech?
The First Amendment: yesterday and today
The Fairness Doctrine: what it means for you
The Bingaman bombshell: a call for censorship
Hush Rush: Limbaugh sounds off
Radio hosts tee off: the perfect firestorm
The Lilliputians: Savage calls censors little people
Silence: rumor has it more-balanced talk could have prevented the war
Dingy Harry: Reid gets it wrong
Censorship by Congress: legislative efforts exposed
Obama weighs in: our new president's history of censorship
That's entertainment! Why conservative talk radio works (and liberal talk doesn't)
A liberal rejects censorship: Alan Colmes just says "No!"
The gospel according to radio: the impact on Christian broadcasting
Bias! Talk radio as a balance to mainstream media
The birth of talk radio: the origins of conservative talk
Constitution Day: a celebration of personal freedom
Congress weighs in: legislation for and against censorship
The digital explosion: how the Internet makes the Fairness Doctrine obsolete
Fair & balanced: should it be legislated?
Grassroots intimidation: backdoor tactics
The myth: the need for balance in broadcasting
Hometown radio: local vs. big media
"Good morning, Vietnam!" Free speech on Armed Forces Radio
The speech police: liberal activist groups force fairness
The left-wing smear machine: conservative talk fights back
Is America next? Canadian free speech squelched
The speech terrorists: conservative talk vs. radical Islam
The Obama Doctrine: the united church of fairness
The "Fairness" Communications Commission: how the FCC will censor
Radio fights back: radio managers take a stand
Censors in action: radio hosts silenced
What would the great communicator say? Michael Reagan speaks out
Censorship: don't let it happen again!


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