Censorship: The Threat to Silence Talk Radio

Censorship: The Threat to Silence Talk Radio

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by Brian Jennings
     
 

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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?

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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' 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 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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439154427
Publisher:
Threshold Editions
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

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From the Publisher
"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' 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 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 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

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Meet the Author

Brian Jennings is one of nation's top talk radio programmers who served as National V.P. of Talk Programming for Citadel Broadcasting, one of the nation's largest radio companies for over a decade and served as programming head to over 40 radio stations nationwide. According to Talker's Magazine, he is also one of the founding fathers of the conservative talk radio format. Nominated 5 times as a national talk radio executive of the year by Radio and Records Magazine, Jennings is also a national award-winning journalist. His many awards include Columbia University's DuPont Award, the National Sigma Delta Chi Award, the Ohio State Award, the National Headliners Award, the National Abe Lincoln Award, and others. He has also worked as a consultant to national personalites such as Oliver North, Michael Reagan, Alan Colmes, Dick Cavett, and others. Considered one of the foremost authorities on talk radio today, Jennings resides in the Pacific Northwest and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs throughout the nation and a staunch defender of free speech.

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Censorship: The Threat to Silence Talk Radio 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AnakinFanatic More than 1 year ago
Brian Jennings, along with many others like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh have been speaking about the dangers of large government. Just like Reagan had stated earlier, "Government is not the solution to our problems, Government is the problem." Now, the government wants to expand its grasp on the United States and destroy or at least control the freedoms of the people (epspecially the Republican Talk Radio). They speak on how the government is trying to destroy our liberties and what we as citizens can do against the expanding power of the government.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"censorship" is a very well researched bestseller about the fairness doctrine about how certain democract lawmakers are trying to silence conservative talk radio or try and run their commentery a political agenda instead of the way the radio or tv station wants to run the way it wants to. this is a very intresting book it showed me how certain politicans are trying to tear up the constitution which they swore to uphold. freedom of speech is what our soldiers stood up for and fought for and weather you agree or disagree with a station or paper it should not be censored this book shows how our politicans are ruining the constitution which they swore an oath to.
goright10 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of conservative talk radio or if you are an American that places a lot of value in our first amendment right -- then you will want to take the time to read this book. This book talks about the history of the Fairness Doctrine and why it was lifted, the birth of conservative talk radio, what makes them the highest rated programs, and what threatens it now. Keep informed -- read this book.
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Book was very informative, interesting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very informative read. I actually learned something that wasn't regurgitated, or otherwise recycled information! The subject captured me until the very end. I was just out of High School when the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated, so that whole time beforehand was a blur to me and I didn't have the foggiest idea of what it was until just a few years ago (I graduated in '85. I'm now 43 yrs old).