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Conventional Idiocy: Why the New America is Sick of Old Politics Hardcover – September 7, 2010

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About the Author

Rick Sanchez anchors Rick’s List each weekday and is the former anchor for the 3–4 p.m. CNN Newsroom. He also serves as a contributor for CNN en Espanol. His professional honors include an Emmy® Award and an American Medical Association "Distinguished Journalist Award".
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451231392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451231390
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,800,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Americans are sick of being spoon-fed the same old conventional wisdom from so-called experts" says Rich Sanchez. Really - I hadn't noticed. We're still following the same old paths on K-12 education (more money for no improvement), college/university education (more money for fewer days and hours teaching from professors; more support staff), jobs (bicker over Federal Reserve policy and bailouts, while ignoring the two elephants in the room - the millions of jobs lost both illegal immigrants and Asians, defense (still spending more, along with Homeland Security, than the rest of the world, combined - while not feeling safe), foreign policy (telling everyone else what to do when our own economy and democracy are a mess; stationing 5,000+ State Dept. bureaucrats in Iraq alone), and the role of government. And it's no wonder - about 20% of Americans are functionally illiterate, 80% haven't read a book in at least a year, less than one-third know that members of the House serve for two years and Senators for six, and newspaper circulation is falling. And this is supposed to be solved by the 'new social media,' per Sanchez? Look at the reader comments on many of the news sites. Tweeting 140 characters about 2,000+ page bills on finance and health care that few have read is supposed to provide enlightenment?

"Conventional Idiocy" is basically a quasi-autobiography. I like Rick Sanchez, but he's not providing any useful answers or even basic material in this book.
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This book spent 250 pages stating the obvious. I know that the population is sick of partisanship and the money that corrupts politicians and wall street bailouts and wimps in the mainstream news media. I purchased the book to pick up some new insights and facts. There were no new insights in this book. Anyone who reads the newspaper on a semi-regular basis knows everything that is stated in Mr. Sanchez' book. I forced myself to read the first 200 pages and then said "enough is enough".
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I got 20 pages into the book before I found this incredible insight regarding Jesse Jackson: While many Americans, thanks to Fox News and talk radio, have unfairly come to regard him exclusively as a "black activist" (quotation mine). Stop right there. Fox News and talk radio have made people regard Jesse Jackson unfairly??? Anyone who grew up in the 1960's is familiar with all of Jackson's shenanigans; especially wearing a shirt for days supposedly stained with the blood of MLK. To quote investigative journalist Kenneth Timmerman: Jesse Jackson is a modern day highway robber who uses cries of racism to steal from individuals, corporations, and government, to give to himself. Jackson's life is one of fraud, deceit and hatred. To say anything different shows Sanchez's real agenda. Like all major networks, the Chicken Noodle Network lost credibility years ago.

Sanchez is just another leftist parrot singing from the same DNC songbook. He is correct that America is tired of the partisan bickering. This book, however, is nothing like what I hoped it would be or what it could have been.

We've heard everything in this book already. Save your money.
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Should he have said what he has said in public, even if he consider it true? Probably not.
Should he be penalized by taking away his financial means and healthcare for his family? Absolute not.

Unfortunately, that is one kind of "terror" which people tend to ignore -- the financial "terror"!

Where is the protection for "freedom of speech"?
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Rick is not liberal or conservative, Demorat or Repubican. Sanchez has seen it all in his career and usually just calls it right without prejudice on either side. He really ticks the fanatical idiots off. By the way, this book is awesome and full of tattle tale stories about famous people you will never hear anywhere else. READ IT.
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Stupid book. I think Rick mentioned he's Cuban no less than 100 times. And yes, I love my parents too but man what a waste of a book.
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I really enjoyed this book. Delivery of news has changed a lot in my lifetime, and it was interesting to read a quality anchor person's thoughts on the new ways of news. I'd recommend this book to a friend.
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I believe this is a good read. It is simple, to the point and mostly accurate. It is a little redundant in the earlier chapters. I like the arguments posed in the later chapters about the healthcare and immigration debates. It could have been a little cheaper. Overall, I would recommend it.
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