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Ironic title and Premise,
This review is from: 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37) (Hardcover)
I have enjoyed Bernard Golberg's pieces on HBO's Real Sports. When The Daily Show came on tonight, I saw that he was a guest and learned that he had written a book. My initial interest in the book waned dramatically as the interview transpired.
His premise is that the tone has changed and that people are meaner, more cynical and nastier in their attacks... yet what does his book do? It viciously attacks those who Mr. Goldberg doesn't care for.
The thing that struck me about the interview was that Mr. Goldberg became absolutely unhinged in the interview. He was intolerant of Stewart's jovial attitude and was idignant to any questions regarding his rationale.
It is an extremely partisan list that often leads the reader to wonder who the heck some of these people are. If we don't know who they are...how are they "Screwing Up America"?
The shot he takes at Al Franken is also interesting because there is no mention of the likes of Rush Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity or anyone in the FOX family. He actually singles out such sinister Americans as Barbara Streisand and Barbara Walters. He places Jimmy Carter on the hit list at #6!
This book seems like a copy of Ann Coulter's "Slander" which professes how horrible liberals are and how mean-spirited they are and how they call conservatives names... and then proceeds to be horrible, mean-spirited and calls liberals names. If the whole point of the book is how Goldberg sees America being screwed up by this tone, then he can place himself squarely on the list... perhaps behind President Jimmy Carter.
Carter, although often maligned as a poor president he did creat 8 million jobs, reduced the deficit, and (oh by the way) won a Nobel Peace Prize.
A guy like Josh Gibson is on TV and he says that it is a shame that France did not get the 2012 Olympics because terrorists would "blow up Paris, and who cares"? This is on the heals of the bombings in London and after Brit Hume said that his first thought was "Hmmm, time to buy". Now that's healthy discourse Bernard huh?