Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio: America's Ten Worst Hate Talkers and the Progressive Alternatives
The highly politicized and often factually challenged world of talk radio dominates a sizable portion of America's airwaves. But the dirty secret of ... Show synopsis The highly politicized and often factually challenged world of talk radio dominates a sizable portion of America's airwaves. But the dirty secret of talk radio's success is the use of hate speech masquerading as free speech. In this book, Rory O'Connor tackles the "hate talk establishment" and shows how huge media conglomerates not only make hate talk possible but make it enormously profitable. He profiles the country's ten worst shock jocks, including Don Imus, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Michael Savage, and describes how they use the guise of "not being politically correct" to ratchet up their anti-gay, anti-woman, and overtly racist language. He then shows how their celebrity leads to a climate that not only tolerates but actually perpetuates racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic attitudes -- making America a coarser, more dangerous place. A survey of the small but growing universe of progressive talk radio offers a respite from the verbal violence.