Stories by Rory O'Connor

Filmmaker and journalist Rory O'Connor is the author of "Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio" (AlterNet Books, 2008). O'Connor also writes the Media Is A Plural blog. subscribe to Rory O'Connor's feed

Posted on: Oct 13, 2008, Source:

John McCain: You're better than that! Stop the hate speech before it's too late.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Only in America could a man who has called the mainstream media his "base" run against that very same media.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Would Jim Adkisson have killed without prompting from extreme right-wing talkers?

Posted on: Jun 19, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The notion that the days of right-wing dominance of the airwaves may well be numbered is rapidly becoming a reality.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Talk radio "shock jocks" are fretting publicly about the supposed return of the long-defunct Fairness Doctrine.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2008, Source: AlterNet Books

Shock radio host Ingraham is a master of sounding funny and appealing while dishing out the same hate speech as Sean Hannity.

Posted on: May 22, 2008, Source: AlterNet Books

An excerpt from AlterNet's newest book, <a href=""><i>Shock Jocks: Hate Speech & Talk Radio</i></a>.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2008, Source: AlterNet

This quick-witted woman has shattered another glass ceiling and is taking her rightful place in the traditional boys' club of big-time politics.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2008, Source: AlterNet

By mocking the media, quoting Saturday Night Live, and "practically browbeating reporters," Clinton's campaign lived to fight another day.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2008, Source: AlterNet

McKinnon, the media mastermind who helped launch Bush into office, says he won't attack Obama.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Clinton won by not losing and Obama lost by not winning.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The real racial dynamics of the Democratic race are beginning to emerge.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Why should ABC and Fox get to decide who is a viable candidate for president?

Posted on: Jan 2, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Why should ABC and Fox get to decide who is a viable candidate for president?

Posted on: Dec 21, 2007, Source: AlterNet

When seeking the best news of 2007, maybe we should look to ourselves, rather than the mainstream media sources writing the news to begin with.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet

It didn't take long for Don Imus' Big Media and Big Politics enablers to crawl out of the woodwork and embrace the shock jock all over again. <i>With a list of Imus's top 10 enablers</i>.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The "Rasputin of radio" is back, ready to beat down the defenseless for more cheap laughs.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Economist Paul Krugman on how the right-wing media machine is destroying social progress.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Here's a look at O'Reilly's latest racial gaffe from his eye-opening visit to Harlem, plus the "lowlights" of his thoughts on race over the last few years.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

A good friend mourns the passing of visionary social activist, human rights defender and Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick.