1.25.11 Professor of History at the University of Virginia Brian Balogh joins Coy to discuss vitriolic speech in America. Is this hateful rhetoric a new trend in American politics? Balogh and Barefoot take a trip back and look at some of the most impactful events in American media history in order to determine the answer. Balogh does feel as though rhetoric has become more violent during his lifetime, and while he himself would not use some of the language found seemingly daily on national talk radio, he would defend the rights of other hosts to use it. You can also hear Balogh every week as a part of the BackStory Radio team.