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Air America: The Playbook: What a Bunch of Left Wing Media Types have to Teach you about a World Gone Right Hardcover – September 19, 2006
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With hosts like the relentless Al Franken, actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo, activist Rachel Maddow, progressive radio pioneer Randi Rhodes, environmental champion Robert Kennedy Jr., Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, author Laura Flanders, and singer/songwriter Steve Earle along for the ride, Air America Radio has become compulsive listening fare for liberal news junkies who will eagerly devour Air America.
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The Major news media also failed us on questions of WMD in Iraq, to corruption in congress, not to mention how the Tax payers like me didn't get a tax cut, (opps I am sorry I did get a $58 tax cut) I have noted with alarm how the Major media has made a sharp turn to the right, even NPR and CSpan. Having a place to get some honest news is great. Air America serves that need, this book compliments it, and is a snap shot of the issues of today.
The book is basically a compiliation of interview transcipts and essays by Air America's broadcasters, seperated by several comedy pieces. Don't be fooled, this isn't filled with hilarious Franken material or stunningly new insights.
Here's my recommendation:
a) If you stood and clapped at the TV when you heard that Ann Coulter was almost hit with a pie... this book is for you.
b) If you're disgusted by seeing Cindy Sheehan shake hands with Hugo Chavez... this book probably isn't up your alley.
Nonetheless, it was interesting (and disheartening) to read in "Air America" that 21% get most of their news from talk radio (eg. Limbaugh, Hannity, Liddy), and congratulate Al Franken for trying to present something more accurate and interesting.
On the other hand, reading Ted Kennedy's push for Davis-Bacon coverage for "guest workers" (illegals) was more than a little rankling - those wages should only go to legal citizens, period! (Claims that there are not enough Americans willing to . . . are bogus - the problem is that illegals push wages down to unreasonable levels.)