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A Good Overview of Media Bias with a Few Major Flaws
, January 28, 2009
This review is from: A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media (Hardcover)
While it is written from the point of view of a conservative author, this book does an excellent job of adressing a real problem that should worry every American. That problem being the growing bias existing in the media going one way or another. The Media's primary job as I have always understood it, is to act as a watchdog group for us, the simple, working men. They are supposed to use their fancy press passes and Freedom of the Press to get in to places we are not allowed to go and get the real story on our politicians. Over the past twenty years, I have watched the news across the country degenerate into their own little camps, taking sides with their political parties and thumbing their nose at their obligations to being truly fair and balanced. This book does a good job of pointing out the liberal side of this bias.
That said, the flaws of this book, in my opinion, are just that: they only really show the liberal side of that bias. The author makes his political affiliations very clear and his being a conservative will turn off many liberals that would otherwise read the book. I fear that they will discount this book out of hand and, instead, read the summary of the book - actually read that he interviewed the controversial right wing pundit, Rush Limbaugh, for example - and get so angry about these things that they never even read it. And that would be a shame, because the primary message as I see it is still valid regardless of your politics: the media is bought, whether it has been bought with cash, unjust legislation, or pretty rhetoric, and that needs to be fixed if we are ever going to start getting the real facts about our politicians again.
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