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South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias Hardcover – March 1, 2005
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> How media bias in the 2004 Kerry/Bush race was so overwhelming as to make a mockery of "journalistic ethics"
> How liberal Hollywood has triedand failedto read conservatives out of the industry
> How right-of-center students are turning the tables on their left-wing profs at campuses across the nation
> How the liberal monopoly has been broken beyond all repair by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, FOX News, and the blogosphere
> How hysterical liberal accusations of conservative "bigotry" and "hate" have boomeranged against the Left
> How media and academic liberalsseeing their monopoly on information and communication disappearinghave embraced extremism and conspiracy-mongering As Brian C. Anderson demonstrates, the New York Times, the big networks, and the rest of the elite liberal media can no longer set the terms of the nations political and cultural debate. The liberal medias monolithic power has cracked and brokenand freedom and conservative ideas are breaking out all over. So sit back, pour yourself a drink, and savor South Park Conservatives. The liberal media has never looked so likely to head for the ash heap of history as now. South Park Conservatives: The Revolt against Liberal Media Bias is an inside peek at how conservatives and the politically incorrect "anti-liberals" are starting to win the culture warand are having fun doing it.
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But there is lots more of interest in South Park Conservatives, which provides a clear-eyed view, expressed in reader-friendly, punchy prose, of the remarkable shifts in media and culture that are undermining liberal control of the institutions of information and argument. Want to know why liberals aren't good at talk radio? Read the chapter on the rise of conservative talk radio and find out. Anderson's take on how the blogosphere is transforming politics-drawing on extensive interviews with everyone from Andrew Sullivan to Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit)-is a model of lucid analysis (plus, it's pretty funny too, except maybe to CBS News and Dan Rather). The chapter on Fox News, also based on behind-the-scenes interviews, in this case with Fox people like Sean Hannity and Dick Morris, offers lessons both liberals and conservatives can learn from. The final chapter, on the rising conservatism-or at least anti-liberalism-of college kids, is fascinating, in part because so the reader encounters so many interesting student voices.
One last thing about this book should be noted: it's a real triumph of reporting. So few books, by conservatives or liberals, feature any reporting these days. One of the pleasures of South Park Conservatives is the thickness of detail-everything from Neilson ratings to off-the-cuff remarks by comedian Colin Quinn about PC critics. You come away from the book knowing a lot more.
Personally, I find "South Park"'s vulgarity usually exceeds my taste boundries, but I've seen it enough to understand the demographic Anderson is talking about- my under-40 co-workers.
That having been said, it's a pretty funny book. Anderson tells a good story- even if I may differ with him on a number of points- and does so in a way that's pretty darn funny. But a number of the reviewers don't seem to have gotten far enough to have figured that out. For them, let me explain:
1. It's not a book about South Park
2. It's not arguing the thesis that South Park is a conservative show.
3. You should really turn off the TV once in a while.
I found the book to be illuminating and a quick read. As a person whose interests customarily lie beyond politics, I am happy that I found a book on the topic that was so compelling and eminently readable. Hats off to Mr. Anderson!
That said, I must sing the praises of the South Park chapter. For years I have tried to give my conservative peers, including church members, a sibling,Bush-43 campaigners, etc., an accurate, funny explanation of South Park. "Well, there's these four guys...well, they're fourth graders, and their teacher, Mrs. Garrison...well, he used to be Mr. Garrison, but he had a sex change, you see...anyway, the kids are always railing at anything that's PC. And there's two handicapped kids in the classroom, Jimmy and Timmy, and Timmy can only say his name. And he wins the rock contest with his band, just saying, 'Timmy! Timmy!' And Jesus has his own show, and he sent his producer to hell for turning it into a Jerry Springer type show." By now my audience is either looking at me very sympathetically, or they're at probate court filing a petition to have me hospitalized at the nearest psychiatric ward.
Anderson, to the contrary, writes a brilliant essay on Trey Parker and Matt Stone's anti-PC creation, which has been adopted by Republicans and conservative libertarians alike and tells us what appeals to us about the show (a bingeing Rob Reiner coming around trying to shut down the cigarette factory down, for example).
Surrounding this essay, though, are other writings about what impacts conservatives, and what we impacts. Rush Limbaugh's rise is chronicled, as are Newt Gingrich's and C-Span.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a big fan of South Park and a big fan of emerging media's role in allowing all viewpoints to be expressed, I really thought I'd like this. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark
This book is fun to read, and very quick. It is a little out of date, relating mostly to the Clinton and Bush 43 presidencies, but looking back to the "glory days" of network news... Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by M. Heiss
Not a lot to this book. Like several other reviewers I was drawn in by the title (not a big fan of the show, but the book sounded interesting). Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by anonymous
I was not sure what to expect on this one. I don't agree completely on the Libertarian viewpoint but it was funny and pulls-no-punches on what is wrong in this PC-nonsense world we... Read morePublished on March 26, 2008 by HeyArthurWhiteside
Although I bought this book looking to see insight on what the next generation of American conservatives may be, the book overall looses focus and tends to point out the obvious... Read morePublished on September 26, 2007 by Shane Carpenter
South Park Conservatives is a gem of a book; short, to the point, and leaving its reader (so long as you're right of center) with a renewed sense of hope. Read morePublished on June 8, 2007 by Just Another Republican
This book was given to me and almost got sent to the thrift store. I've never watched much South Park and I'm kinda tired of political books. Read morePublished on March 12, 2007 by ironman96
Until Bernard Goldberg published BIAS, it was pretty well taken for granted that the hegemony that the liberal left had over the major media was so all-powerful and pervasive that... Read morePublished on November 26, 2006 by Martin Asiner
I will admit, the title of the book got my attention and it was the reason that I picked it up. For the record, I am not a big fan of South Park, but I could see where he might go... Read morePublished on July 28, 2006 by DWD's Reviews