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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

So, You're A Fan Of Conservative Talk Radio?

Conservative talk-radio has a very unique mystique to it. It tempts you to listen to it, mainly because the more prominent and 'powerful' in it's ranks prefer to use divisiveness, hate, fear, and often racism, to get their points across. But hey, those are often seen as the building-blocks of the conservative movement.

Today, I discovered this book:

Written by veteran media critic and Emmy winner Rory O'Connor, Shock Jocks features unsparing profiles of the ten worst conservative radio talkers in America, including Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus and the rest. Shock Jocks highlights the politicized and often factually challenged world of talk radio that dominates a sizable portion of America's airwaves, and shows how misogyny, racism, and utter contempt for other human beings is disguised as “free speech”. This scathing account also details the progressive alternatives fighting for airtime, and what you can do to help.

If you live in small-town America - like I do - you're more than likely not going to find this book at your local library. However, you are more apt to find books written by the people that this book is about.


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