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71 Days: The Media Assault On Obama
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on February 27, 2009
Great Book. Excellent author. Perfect review of what "news" has become. Mr. Overstreet nailed it perfectly.
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on November 18, 2010
This book is the real truth, it says a whole lot about Americans, and how some Americans are perfectly ok with wrong.
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on January 28, 2012
I don't watch much TV news and read newspapers and magazines infrequently, so I had bought into the myth of the liberally biased press until I read 71 Days! The conservative bias of Fox News didn't surprise me, but that of the rest of the main stream news did. Having an intelligent and knowledgeable observer, who shared my belief in Barack Obama's sincerity, track the various news media over the 71 days of the 2008 campaign was enlightening to say the least. This book was amazingly researched, intelligently written and wonderfully informative. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in an objective look at the press coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign.
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59 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2009
The argument that the media was anything but gentle with Sen. Obama is a tough one to make, and [71 Days] is unable to make it. The vision of the campaign in this book is not the vision that anyone who lived through the campaign will recognize. As a former Obama staffer, and still a strong supporter, I am not writing this as a smear against Obama. Rather, it is important to realize that this literary work is NOT accurate and should not be treated as such. I wish I could rank it lower than one star.
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27 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A brilliant combination of insight, opinion, and astute observation. "71 Days: The Media Assault on Obama " is written like a political private diary of the most public days in recent history. It reads quickly and easily, validating a perspective on the mainstream media that many a frustrated election watcher struggled with. After reading the first chapter I proclaimed to myself, "Thank goodness, I was not alone! What I saw and thought about the media bias against Obama is shared and finally and articulated." Highly recommended.!
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54 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2009
Media assult on Obama? That's rich. The "hard fought primary" against Hillary consisted of the MSM slamming Clinton at every turn to clear the way for their Messiah BHO.
Get real people. Bernie Goldberg (CBS veteran of 25 years) has it right with "A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media".
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10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2009
In Black and White: The Media and the Election of President Barack Obama

Also a great read on the media and Obama is In Black and White: The Media and the Election of President Barack Obama, which is available on AMAZON. In Black and White begins at the time of Obama's anouncement in February 2007 and ends on election day. A good overall look at the media.

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39 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2009
Media assault? Right! Let's see, the NY Times falls all over themselves praising Obama. Newsweek is practically an Obama campaign publication. Time magazine just published their 18th fawning cover story about the Obamas. Wow, what an assault! I don't see how our great President can withstand all these attacks.
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14 of 30 people found the following review helpful
71 DAYS: THE MEDIA ASSAULT ON OBAMA, by Michael Jason Overstreet

Why did I think the nation would rally around Obama and help him solve the problems we all have to face? Why did I think Obama would be successful at reaching across the aisle? It must be that I read AUDACITY OF HOPE and listened to it time and time again in Obama's own words on my iPod. Because of the high regard and respect Obama had for everyone in government, regardless of party, I thought he would be respected in return.

WRONG!

I'm grateful for 71 DAYS; THE MEDIA ASSAULT ON OBAMA. Regardless of the decisions Obama makes, many of which please my Republican sister a lot more than they please me, the media assault has not stopped. I can hardly wait till Oprah Winfrey gets her own network. Maybe we'll hear some GOOD news.
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22 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2009
Why do our politicians seem to be completely EXEMPT from the truth? Since there is NO truth in campaign advertising law, a savvy politician will remain in campaign mode ...24/7/365. The constituents that observe such folly, and attend their MINDS to the actual meaning of being "had", tend to battle with what could be called
"voters-remorse" after "their guy/gal" gets elected and the layers of the proverbial onion slowly peel away to expose the true core of reality.

I admire MR. Overstreet's ambitious effort in self-publishing his book. However, if the "main-stream" press accomplished such a dreadful assault on Mr. Obama, why are we not enjoying a McCain presidency? Most all candidates get some form of a "hack-job" from a probing, curious, persistant reporter scoopin' NEWS !!! A nagging problem for Mr. Overstreet's claims are the FACTS. Mr. Obama simply was NOT vetted in any 'way/shape/matter or form'. McCain/Palin negative ATTACKS from ALL major
'news' outlets ran a strong 3/1 ratio to Obama's negatives. Save FOX NEWS !!!!!!!

In a recent interview, Mr. Overstreet stated he had read A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media and gave it what seemed to be genuine praise. His only complaint was it's lacking of volume. Suggesting his much lengthier [71 DAYS] contains the details of this most dastardly attempt of ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, NEW YORK TIMES, WASH. POST, NEWSWEEK, TIME, and so on,
to systematically "dismantle" the Obama/Biden campaign. This seems laughably sad.
Mr. Overstreet also quipped that he would like to appear on Sean Hannity's show on FOX NEWS CHANNEL. At least a 'fair-and-balanced' atmosphere will likely be present,
and the only assault that may occur will be upon the falsities embedded within revisionism.

The reality of the external world registers rather poorly on the human mind. One eyewitness to Lincoln's assassination swore the killer had crawled away on his hands and knees, a second declared the assassin had stopped to deliver a line of Latin, a third said he'd leaped fifteen feet, and a fourth said that he'd shimmied down a flagpole. There was no flagpole on the seen.

Somewhere between the reporter and his/her readership/viewer ['lies'] the nature of our bending bias ... distorting the perceptual capacity to actually DEAL with REAL !!! And that REAL being the VAST MAJORITY of the Washington (inside-the-beltway) press-core and their extended affiliates are OVERWHELMINGLY slanted left,
tilting as many listeners/viewers towards the LIBERAL/'PROGRESSIVE' ideology as they possibly can.

Finally, the problem can be summerized as follows: Scoopin' NEWS REPORTERS, have evolved into IDEOLOGICAL JOURNALISTS that seem to conveinently and purposefully
OMIT the FACTS/NEWS that may hurt/discredit their 'world-view', which just so happens to reside comfortably within the democrat party. This is why these folks are joining the unemployment lines in droves ... based on their performance, this seems justified ... and if the dems keep up their extremism ... good-ole KARMA may come around to send them packin' as well in 2010 !!!
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