Toxic Talk: How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America's Airwaves

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Macmillan, May 25, 2010 - Social Science - 320 pages

A timely cannon blast at the right-wing media machine and how it subverts the principles of democratic representation

Talk radio has done an end run around the voting populace. With Rush Limbaugh now the unofficial leader of the Republican Party and the far right controlling the five major syndicates, conservatives have a disproportionate voice in the medium—even in liberal cities such as New York, Boston, and San Francisco. Writing with his characteristic and incisive wit, Bill Press exposes the destructive power of Rush, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, and the other polarizing figures of talk radio who dominate 90% of the political airwaves today. Citing their own words as evidence, Press brilliantly makes the case that much of what is broadcast on radio and television today is—at best—distorted and partisan, and—at worst—lies, propaganda and bigotry sold by these talented modern-day pitchmen who have followings in the millions.

 

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Press does a great job of illustrating the "how" of toxic talk, and why it's such good business for conservative owners. He also does a good job of explaining why there isn't a commensurate amount of liberal talk on the radio.
The only thing left out is the "why?" of toxic talk. Why is all this hatred being spewed out into our national dialogue? If someone writes a good analysis of the "why," let me know. That's the book I REALLY want to read.
 

Contents

The Power of Talk
3
The Big Fat Liar
19
The Big Crybaby
54
Party Hack
75
4 The Savage Michael Savage
113
5 Toxic TV
141
6 Minor League Talk Radio
180
7 Homegrown Toxic Talkers
211
8 How RightWing Talk Works
235
9 Progressives Fight Back
256
Americas Town Meeting
280
Acknowledgments
285
Index
291
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BILL PRESS is host of the nationally syndicated Bill Press Show, also on Sirius XM, and writes a syndicated column for Tribune Media Services. He is the former co-host of MSNBC's Buchanan and Press and CNN's Crossfire and The Spin Room. Press lives in Washington, D.C.

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