The Fairness Doctrine, a Federal Communications Commission law, requires that anyone who licenses broadcast time provide equal airtime to the opposing point of view on any issue of public importance. First enforced in 1949, it was repealed in 1987 under the Reagan Administration. Certain Democratic Senators, such as Nancy Pelosi and Jeff Bingaman, have recently voiced interest in having certain principles of the Fairness Doctrine enforced again. Conservative and Christian talk show hosts especially, but not exclusively, view this as an attempt to silence freedom of speech and as a violation of the First Amendment, fearing that it will also trigger the end of controversial talk radio.
Exploring the ramifications of the impact of this powerful doctrine, as well as the “back door” tactics the new administration may use to achieve the same effects, Jennings’s Censorship provides fascinating insight and an in-depth history and context for what is certain to be a new battleground in today’s political culture wars.
Brian Jennings is one of nation's top talk radio programmers who served as National V.P. of Talk Programming for Citadel Broadcasting, one of the nation's largest radio companies for over a decade and served as programming head to over 40 radio stations nationwide. According to Talker's Magazine, he is also one of the founding fathers of the conservative talk radio format. Nominated 5 times as a national talk radio executive of the year by Radio and Records Magazine, Jennings is also a national award-winning journalist. His many awards include Columbia University's DuPont Award, the National Sigma Delta Chi Award, the Ohio State Award, the National Headliners Award, the National Abe Lincoln Award, and others. He has also worked as a consultant to national personalites such as Oliver North, Michael Reagan, Alan Colmes, Dick Cavett, and others. Considered one of the foremost authorities on talk radio today, Jennings resides in the Pacific Northwest and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs throughout the nation and a staunch defender of free speech.