Hate Speech on Commercial Talk Radio
Preliminary Report on a Pilot Study

Chon A. Noriega and Francisco Javier Iribarren
Latino Policy and Issues Brief, Number 22
February 2009

The authors present initial findings from a pilot study on hate speech in the media. The goal of the study is to develop a research method for the quantitative evaluation of hate speech. The preliminary data reveal a systematic and extensive use of false facts, flawed argumentation, divisive language, and dehumanizing metaphors that are directed toward specific vulnerable groups.