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That time private US media companies stepped in to silence the falsehoods and incitements of a major public figure ... in 1938

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In speeches filled with hatred and falsehoods, a public figure attacks his enemies and calls for marches on Washington. Then, after one particularly virulent address, private media companies close down his channels of communication, prompting consternation from his supporters and calls for a code of conduct to filter out violent rhetoric. Sound familiar? Well, this was 1938.

100 years ago, the first commercial radio broadcast announced the results of the 1920 election – politics would never be the same

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Only 100 people were listening, but the first broadcast from a licensed radio station occurred at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, 1920. It was Pittsburgh's KDKA, and the station was broadcasting the results of that year's presidential election.