12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2002
With his usual wit and a graceful writing style, Sen. Simpson draws on a lifetime of unfortunate encounters with a steadfastly biased press to explain just how it harms American democracy. He draws on plenty of examples to show how lockstep liberalism and a haughty unaccountability, based on the disastrous New York Times v. Sullivan decision, have created a monster that distorts, fabricates, and attacks, causing either public officials to withdraw in fear or qualified candidates to shun running for office.
This book, now 5 years old, looks prescient in light of Bernard Goldberg's expose from INSIDE the media monster. Read Simpson for the real story of his battles with the biased Nina Totenberg and Peter Arnett and the press's savage abuse of Clarence Thomas, who had the effrontery to be black and conservative.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
Al represented my state for many years (in Wyoming, we address our US Senators and their spouses by their first names). I was and am almost as much of a political opposite of him as Ted Kennedy was. As he emphasizes in this book, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy each other's company and even, when circumstances make it necessary to reach across the aisle to find it possible to at least solve part of a national problem, it is the duty of a devoted, skilled legistator, to make that reach and join hands. I disagreed regularly and sometimes angrily with Al but he really is as likable as he comes across in this book.