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The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President---and Who Is Behind Them Hardcover – January 31, 2012

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“In a poisoned political climate, negative personal attacks on President Obama must have no place in our public discourse. In an age when sound bites too often dominate the news, Bill Press digs deeper: busting the myths, standing up for the truth and the American people.” ―House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

“Press' tactics are straightforward… Liberals will love it” ―Kirkus Reviews

“An unsettling glimpse into the unsavory side of corporate interests and an irresponsible media.” ―Publishers Weekly

“In a sea of anti-Obama literature, The Obama Hate Machine stands out for its clarity, honesty, and willingness to tell the truth about what has gone terribly wrong both in our politics and our media. I highly recommend it.” ―Politicus USA

“Don't call the president a Commie-death-panel-enthusiast who was born in Kenya and espouses Jihad in front of Bill Press. He'll throw actual facts back at you!” ―Ashbury Park Press

“Any collection strong in politics and issues of freedom and media representation needs this detailed analysis of a new kind of force at work in American politics!” ―Midwest Book Review

About the Author

BILL PRESS is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Bill Press Show. He writes a syndicated column for Tribune Media Services, and is the former cohost of MSNBC's Buchanan and Press and CNN's Crossfire and The Spin Room.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312641648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312641641
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bill Press began his career as a political insider and media commentator on KABC-TV and KCOP-TV, both in Los Angeles. Over the years, he has received numerous awards for his work, including four Emmys and a Golden Mike Award.

The former co-host of MSNBC's Buchanan and Press, CNN's Crossfire and The Spin Room, Press has built a national reputation on thought-provoking and humorous insights from the left side of the political aisle.

Press is the author of six books: Spin This! (Atria, 2002), Bush Must Go! (Dutton Books, 2004), How The Republicans Stole Christmas (Doubleday, 2005), Trainwreck (Wiley, 2008), Toxic Talk (Thomas Dunne Books, 2010), and his latest, The Obama Hate Machine (Thomas Dunne Books, 2012).

The host of radio's nationally syndicated Bill Press Show (Monday-Friday from 6-9am ET), Press attends the daily White House press briefing and writes a syndicated newspaper column, distributed weekly by Tribune Media Services.

Press resides in the nation's capital with his wife Carol.

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The negative previous reviews reflect EXACTLY what this book is about. The effectiveness of the Republicans' manipulation of ignorance is incredible. Why would people like Patrizia be so susceptible to their hate-mongering? There is no doubt whatsoever, as Press documents very well (contra assertions like those of Patrizia) that Obama has been the recipient of more blatant hostility at high levels than any other president in modern times. Remember Rep. Joe Wilson's infamous "you lie" screeching? George Bush dragged us into a completely unjustified war that- as much as the foreclosure debacle- plunged us into the current economic crisis. Would any member of congress have dared to shout "you lie" to Bush in a public forum? Of course not. The right-wing propaganda machine, fueled by thinly veiled racism, has made it "acceptable" to treat this president contemptibly. In the past, there has been much more respect shown to the office of POTUS.

It is unfortunate that the divide is so deep in our country that even such an excellent book is unlikely to change peoples' minds. The very fact that lower to middle class republican base people are violently opposed to Obama-care, which would benefit them greatly if they only opened their minds to it, is a perfect illustration.

So, sadly, this book will resonate with educated, free thinking, progressive people and be rejected by the close-minded hordes who get their "news" from Fox and are kept willfully ignorant and poor by a wealth-friendly republican aristocracy that needs to keep them that way to support their social darwinist agenda.

It's still a great book.
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First let me state that I did not vote for Obama and I actually have referred to him as the "Messiah" (yes, I got it from Rush Limbaugh). I listened to and read many stories that attempted to make Obama alien, foreign and anti-American during his candidacy. The book covers all of this in detail from his candidacy to his current presidency the full throttle "hate" message from the right.
I looked up the book here at amazon.com after seeing an interview on TV with the author. I purchased the book primarily because all the reviews that first came out for this book read as if 1-no one actually read the book 2- they were either extremely pro-Obama or consumers of the hate-Machine.
It intrigued me to read confirmation of my observation that the hatred and negativity directed towards Obama is equal in comparison to the hatred leveled at other Presidents we today regard in high esteem today - Lincoln and Roosevelt. I am not suggesting that Obama is anyway equal in stature to these presidents just that the hatred leveled at him and his family is equal in ferocity and intensity.
The book is rather short and entertaining regardless of what side of the spectrum you are on. The book takes a historical view at Presidents in the past that were vilified and hated while in office. The book covers the many "I Hate Obama" books that have been written before and after Obama took office, the brothers Koch invention of the Tea Party and machinery, and the Role of Media. The author looks at all the charges (e.g. Obama's relation with Bill Ayers), was not born here, etc.
I recommend the book if you are like me more of an independent that puzzles over all the hatred and lies (Socialist? Tyrant? Anti-American?).
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The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President - and Who is Behind Them by Bill Press is published by Thomas Dunn Press in 2012.

If I could outline the book briefly, there are these main topics:

1. US Politics has always been dirty
2. There are lots of nasty things said about Barack Obama that aren't true
3. The Koch brothers organized and paid for the Tea Party
4. The media no longer reports facts, but obsesses on controversy.

Lots of material supports that simple outline.

I think most people reading this are well aware of many things said about Barack Obama that aren't true. I focus on a narrow slice of that rhetoric, crank claims about the President's birth Mr. Press gives lots more examples, and points out why they shouldn't have been taken seriously by anyone.

The section on the Koch brothers and their billion-dollar tentacles in conservatism and the Tea Party in particular, through a mind-boggling list of front groups, is impressive in scope; however, I gather that this material is not original to Press, but the work of others (properly attributed).

Finally, Press says that the media today don't make judgments on the truth of what they report, but report whatever the newsmakers say and what other newsmakers say against it. He gives the example of Sarah Palin's "Death Panels" that got widespread coverage in the press, despite the fact that there was no truth in it. This hands off approach, says Press, lets hate speech and misinformation echo instead of being snuffed out quickly.

It's a big book and it documents a real phenomenon. Conservatives won't believe a word of it; progressives already know most of it (except for the Koch details). The book only had a couple of errors I spotted (and that's better than most). You might like it. I thought it was, on the TRASH - ENLIGHTENMENT scale, rated OK.
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