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Waves of rancor : tuning in the radical right
Hilliard, Robert L., 1925-
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Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [1999]

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xv, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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1570 Lexile.
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The airwaves in America are being used by armed militias, conspiracy theorists, survivalists, the religious right, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other radical groups to reach millions with their messages of hate and fear. Waves of Rancor examines the origin, nature, and impact of right-wing electronic media, including radio, television, cable, the internet, and even music CDs.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Hilliard (communications, Emerson Coll.) and Keith (communications, Boston Coll.), coauthors of communications textbooks, explore the potentially explosive subject of "hate media" in this intriguing but ultimately uneven book. The heart of their work, based on interviews, is a categorization of the wide variety of radical right groups utilizing electronic media (radio, TV, the Internet) and brief characterizations of leading and regional radio personalities such as David Duke, Rush Limbaugh, and Chuck Harder. The history of freedom of speech on the airwaves and suggested ways to fight the far Right open and close the book. What's missing is actual text from the radio talk shows under discussion, as well as cited research on the interaction of the media with individuals' political views and actions. Recommended only for academic collections specializing in communications.√ĄDonna L. Schulman, Cornell Univ. Libs., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This informative and disturbing book examines the form and function of radical, far-right-wing, ultraconservative broadcasting programs, including talk-show hosts, backing organizations, funding, supporters, and goals. Covering programming ranging from the mainstream (Rush Limbaugh) to racist (David Duke and Kurt Saxon) to the militia (Mark Koernke), the authors consider both the degree of hate and the implied and overt calls for violence against the US government, Jews, blacks, and other scapegoats. Some of this has been examined elsewhere (e.g., Howard Kurtz's Hot Air, 1997), but Hilliard and Keith's detailed look at "mom and pop" stations, shortwave, and the Internet is unique. They claim this type of broadcasting has grown exponentially since events in Waco and Oklahoma City, with government agencies and major broadcasters reluctant to interfere for fear of censoring or trampling First Amendment rights. The authors point out that most broadcasting in the US is owned or controlled by conservative corporate groups that find much of the program of the radical right serves their interests and helps suppress liberal and left-wing interests. They support their claims of unchecked growth of hate broadcasting with a mass of documentation and detail, including provocative interviews with right-wing talk-show hosts. An enlightening insight into the political uses of the media. Useful in all collections. R. Cathcart; CUNY Queens College

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Chapter 1 the Genesis of Bitter Airp. 3
Appendices to Chapter 1p. 31
Chapter 2 for Which They Standp. 37
Appendices to Chapter 2p. 73
Chapter 3 Lions of the Arenap. 86
Appendices to Chapter 3p. 117
Chapter 4 but Carry a Big Stickp. 131
Appendices to Chapter 4p. 145
Chapter 5 Gott Mit Unsp. 153
Chapter 6 High-Stepping for Hitlerp. 165
Appendix to Chapter 6p. 184
Chapter 7 in No One Do We Trustp. 186
Appendix to Chapter 7p. 211
Chapter 8 Up Close and Rightp. 218
Chapter 9 Armed for the Rightp. 240
Appendices to Chapter 9p. 253
Notesp. 279
Indexp. 301
About the Authorsp. 311