"In today's world of Internet blogs, Twitter, cable TV and more, it's hard to imagine that we could actually revert to government control of broadcast speech. Yet it's on some politicians' "to do" list, writes radio host and programmer Brian Jennings -- and they just might succeed, unless Americans realize what's coming and speak out. After all, explains Jennings, this Big Brother interference in programming has happened before -- and in Censorship: The Threat to Silence Talk Radio, he explains how it could easily happen again.
As Jennings explains, the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," established in 1949 ostensibly to encourage political debate, in fact had the opposite effect: broadcasters were afraid to broach political controversy at all, for fear of being sued, and the result was that public opinion was shaped almost entirely by the overwhelmingly liberal major newspapers and television networks. After the Doctrine's repeal in 1987 by the Reagan Administration, however, conservative talk-radio was born, with the number of talk-radio stations growing from 125 to over 2000. Now, some Democrats want to restore the Fairness Doctrine, in order to silence conservative opinion once and for all.
In Brian Jenning's Censorship, you'll discover:
The First Amendment: what it says, how it's been interpreted, and why the Fairness Doctrine violates it
"Hush Rush": the real goal of liberal attempts to revive the Fairness Doctrine -- and what El Rushbo himself thinks about the looming battle
The Obama Doctrine: our new president's little-known history in support of censorship -- and back door tactics to reviving the Fairness Doctrine
Censor the internet? Sounds impossible -- but it's not, and the Obamacrats are working on it
The myth of a "need" for balance in broadcasting -- and of the idea that such a thing can be enforced by law
Why conservative talk radio succeeds and liberal talk- radio doesn't
If reviving the Fairness Doctrine fails: other avenues of assault on talk radio -- e.g., in the name of "localism" and of "diversifying ownership"
The Gospel According to Government: What the Fairness Doctrine would do to Christian radio
Media bias and the rise of conservative talk radio
The real voice of the people: local radio vs. big media
Censorship on Armed Forces radio: how liberals tried to brainwash America's fighting men and women
The Left Wing Smear Machine in action -- and how conservative radio hosts fought back
How liberals have all but destroyed free speech in Canada -- and why America could be next
"They are speech terrorists": the CEO of a talk network speaks out against radical Islamists in our midst
Michael Reagan: What would the Great Communicator say now?
One high-profile liberal who opposes the Fairness Doctrine for the sake of freedom and, you know, fairness
The Perfect Firestorm: how radio hosts nationwide reacted to the liberal assault on free speech
What the congressman who oversees the FCC says about why we wants the Fairness Doctrine restored
"Censorship details the many assaults on our First Amendment rights by powerful elected members of the United States Congress who not only would silence conservative talk radio, but silence you as well. As one of conservative talk radio's best known programmers, Brian Jennings' many associations with those in talk radio nationally tell a story that will be an important chapter in our nation's continuing struggle to protect and defend our collective rights of free speech. Enjoy the read." -- SEAN HANNITY
"If Gutenberg had invented the radio rather than the press, broadcasters would have free speech rights today. He didn't and they don't, and many want to trample what rights they do have by censoring what's said in the name of 'fairness' or 'localism.' . . .Thankfully, broadcasters and journalists such as Brian Jennings care enough about the right of free speech in America to speak out before it's too late. Censorship details the history of the 'Fairness Doctrine' and the fate that awaits us if the political leaders get their way." -- Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR)