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Arrogance: Rescuing America From The Media Elite Paperback – November 1, 2004
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This time out, Goldberg includes interviews with Tim Russert and Bob Costas (whom Goldberg considers two of the more balanced news/sports-guys) about the bias problem, and at book's end offers several chapters of solutions to the elite media's problem. One of these chapters even suggests that Brokaw, Jennings, Rather and co. move their news operations to a Middle American city so that they'll be more "in tune" with average Americans. It sounds humorous at first, but ends up making a hell of a lot of sense!
If you liked BIAS, you'll definitely enjoy this second part.
Reviewed December 8, 2003
Being a self-confessed news junkie, all I can say is that it is about time someone dealt with liberal bias in the major media. Katie Couric is bad enough, but when Bryant Gumbel was on the Today Show the bias was so self-evident that I was dumbfounded that liberals could look me in the face and innocently say, What Bias? The rolling of the eyes, the disappointing sighs, and the askance looks which were exclusively reserved for conservatives. Hey, how about Matt Lauer interview of Charlton Heston. Can anyone out there cite me one liberal that has been treated with such disrespect?
Unlike Hilary's vast right wing conspiracy Goldberg repeatedly refuses the attribute liberal bias in the news to a conspiracy. The liberal bias is due to the fact that liberals tend to be drawn to journalism, they attend liberal schools; they live in liberal cultural centers such as New York City. The result is that there is hardly a national journalist who would describe himself or herself as liberal. All their friends, family as associates think like them, so they conclude that they are middle of the road. Hence, the media elite constantly refer to label conservative academics, politicians and research groups as conservations; whereas such groups as NOW, physicians for social responsibility, a plethora of public interest groups and such politicians as Ted Kennedy and Howard Dean rarely are labeled as liberal. The inference that the news audience draws is that those who are labeled as conservation are pushing an agenda, whereas those liberal groups that are given a bye on the liberal label are unselfishly working in the nations best interest
The book is very well researched, citing Nexus searches, interview, articles, etc.Read more ›
I had noted the new effort, by the left, to say the media has a "conservative bias." I found it funny, and wondered when we would hear more about it. Thanks to "Arrogance," we have. The sheer, well, arrogance of the arrogant media has become sick, with constant and deliberate efforts to cover the truth, select the "truth," and shape public opinion.
I would recommed this book to anyone, liberal or conservative, who wanted to know more about the "news" they are getting. What we are getting is "as false as an old set of dentures," or something else folksy Dan Rather might say.
This book is billed as a prescription for remedies of liberal media bias. It is not. It is a second helping of exposure of journalistic malfeasance on the part of the New York Times and the big three networks. What pointers Goldberg does offer come toward the end, and even then are merely hooks upon which to hang more indictments. It's clear that the publishers, who may be liberal themselves but aren't allergic to the profits a sequel to a conservative bestseller would bring, wanted Goldberg to serve up lots more of the same. In one of her books Ann Coulter noted how reviewers had for years and years referred to popular conservative books as "surprise bestsellers." A surprise to who? Not to Warner Books anymore, not with the bills to pay on that Time-Warner merger with AOL!
To liberals, Bernard Goldberg may be a traitor, but the attempts by some of them to paint him as a hack or a phony have fallen flat. You have to be very good to stay on at the the major networks for nearly thirty years, as Goldberg did. The efforts to smear him merely give more credence to his charge of herd mentality.
It's an important distinction that Goldberg insists on: there is no secret liberal media NKVD, keeping everyone in line. Rather, it's a case of "birds of a feather flock together".Read more ›
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One more one star for Goldberg, only because zero isn't an option. If you're a conservative Goldberg just wants your money, if you're liberal, Goldberg just wants your money. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. James
Arrogance is Goldberg's follow-up to his previous book "Bias". In the chapter "Mauling the Messenger" Goldberg makes the point how he was widely seen as a traitor... Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. Lozano
Just like many who opt not to eat fast food or hot dogs or menudo after finding out where it comes from and how it's processed, I will never watch network news again.. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by jazzfi
There was a time when bias in the news didn't mean FOX news, and for Bernard Goldberg that time is still today. Goldberg sets out to prove there's a liberal bias in the news. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by King of Controversy
I was expecting much more after having read Goldberg's previous book, Bias, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by CL Gregoire
I REALLY ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK VERY MUCH. I THOUGHT THE BOOK IS REALLY GREAT! I WOULD RECOMMEND THE BOOK FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO READ.Published on May 22, 2012 by Hogan_62