1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book.
2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish, curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one’s freedom.
3. to deprive; cut off.
At the same time we must understand that the Constitution does not require the Government, or any other entity, to provide a platform for your free expression of thoughts. If there is no commercial support for the way you exercise your 1st Amendment rights, then you have no right to expect somebody else to pick up the tab! The so-called "Fairness Doctrine" would be more appropriately called the "Liberal Left Loser Doctrine". If the ultra-liberal NPR (National Public Radio) can't hold its own in the marketplace - even with the assistance of George Soros' millions of dollars - that should be an indication that the vast majority of American citizens don't believe in the crap that's being broadcast on NPR!