Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio: America's Ten Worst Hate Talkers and the Progressive Alternatives

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Shock Jocks Hate Speech & Talk Radio reveals the real agenda of America's shock jocks-promoting hate speech under the guise of "free" speech. Rory O'Connor tackles the "hate talk establishment" and shows how huge media conglomerates not only make hate talk possible but profitable. He profiles the IO worst offenders, including Don Imus, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity, and shows how they dangerously blur the distinctions between news, opinion, and entertainment. "Shock Jocks" ...

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Overview

Shock Jocks Hate Speech & Talk Radio reveals the real agenda of America's shock jocks-promoting hate speech under the guise of "free" speech. Rory O'Connor tackles the "hate talk establishment" and shows how huge media conglomerates not only make hate talk possible but profitable. He profiles the IO worst offenders, including Don Imus, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity, and shows how they dangerously blur the distinctions between news, opinion, and entertainment. "Shock Jocks" offers a clear analysis of how hateful sound bites hinder democratic dialogue and exacerbate racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic attitudes.

O'Connor also chronicles the rising tide of progressive talkers challenging right-wing air dominance. "The number, quality, and stature of progressive alternatives to Limbaugh and his ilk have been mounting steadily in the past few years-no doubt as a result of the rise and resonance of progressive values," says O'Connor. "Shock Jocks" exposes the greed, the rancor, the characters, and ultimately the stakes in the fight for America's airwaves.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780975272435
  • Publisher: AlterNet Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: America, We Have a Problem     1
The Resurrection of Don Imus     15
The Unpleasant Aftertaste of Craig Carton     30
How Right-Wing Radio Killed Immigration Reform     33
Talkers Magazine Top Talk Radio Audiences     47
The Top Ten Worst Shock Jocks (Minus Imus)     49
Rush Limbaugh     49
Sean Hannity     59
Michael Savage     67
Bill O'Reilly     74
In Just One Year: O'Reilly's Most Misleading Claims of 2004     81
Glenn Beck     84
Neal Boortz     93
Laura Ingraham     98
Mark Levin     105
Hugh Hewitt     110
Talkers Magazine "Heavy Hundred" 2008     115
Fear of Fairness     125
A Brief History of Fairness     142
Sound Bites
Michael Harrison     148
Jill Vitale     150
Ben Greenman     152
Air Wars and Conservative Dominance     155
Sound Bites
Michael Smerconish     173
Mike Gallagher     174
Michael Reagan     176
John Ziegler     178
John Gambling     180
Progressive Alternatives     183
Liberal Radio Network Employment Application (from the New Yorker magazine)     199
Sound Bites
Thom Hartmann     202
Cenk Uygur     204
Laura Flanders     206
Alan Colmes     208
Rachel Maddow     209
Mike Malloy     210
Randi Rhodes     212
Stephanie Miller     214
Conclusion: Beyond Changing the Channel     217
The Citizen Response to Hate Radio     223
Sidebar
An Indie Media Feast     232
Acknowledgments     235
Author Bios     239
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