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''Spin Masters shows just how far to the left the news media have lurched. There are other ways to study media bias, but Freddoso's book is a lot more fun than poring through the first forty-two Gail Collins columns in the New York Times about Mitt Romney driving with a dog on the roof of his car. (The dog liked it!)'' Ann Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author --Ann Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author

''David Freddoso's terrific new book Spin Masters documents more than routine media bias - though he has plenty of outrageous examples of that. It's about how the media ignored or buried the big stories - like how Obama has hollowed out our economy or openly trampled on the Constitution - in favor of Democratic Party press releases. Freddoso reports the news you didn't hear during the election - and also shows how we can avoid falling prey to the hypocritical and absurdly partisan liberal media again.'' --David Limbaugh, New York Times bestselling author

''If you had a scintilla of respect left for the mainstream media, David Freddoso's excellent new book Spin Masters will shred it. He reports on the big stories the mainstream media didn't and shows how if you relied on the mainstream media, you would have been less well informed than if you turned off your radio and television and canceled your newspaper subscription.'' --David Harsanyi, author of Obama's Four Horsemen

''Media bias mostly takes the form of omission. In 2012, the media mostly omitted mention of Obama's many offenses against ethics, good government, and the truth. In Spin Masters, David Freddoso deftly tells the stories that most of the mainstream media missed because a dog on the roof of a car was more interesting than, say, an illegal military intervention in Libya or serial abuse of presidential power. I challenge anyone to read this book and then honestly deny that Obama's reelection was aided by a media that didn't do its job right.'' --Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist, Washington Examiner

''Conservatives need to know they are not just up against political activists on the left. They are also up against a media that leans left, regurgitates left-wing talking points, and transitions back and forth between left-wing institutions and the mainstream media. David Freddoso does an excellent job shedding light on just what conservatives are up against and what they must do to fight back.'' --Erick Erickson, editor of RedState.com

''Freddoso not only shows how deeply in the Obama tank many journalists were in 2012. He also serves as an alternate-universe assignment desk for the stories unbiased reporters might have written.'' --Byron York, chief political correspondent, Washington Examiner --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

DAVID FREDDOSO, the New York Times bestselling author of The Case Against Barack Obama and author of Gangster Government, is the editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner. He has covered politics in Washington for 12 years, covering Congress for National Review Online and Human Events. He worked closely with legendary political journalist Robert Novak on the Evans and Novak Political Report. A Notre Dame graduate who majored in Classical Greek, he has a Masters in journalism from Columbia University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (January 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621570800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621570806
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Freddoso has done it again with Spin Masters - I can see it roaring onto best seller lists with the most horrifying story yet about how Obama won a second term with the collusion of the mainstream media. No, strike that. Read Spin Masters and see in detail how the mainstream media have promoted themselves to a federal agency of the White House, the Ministry of Propaganda, specializing in hiding anything good about conservatives and inventing anything bad instead. This book Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama is a blood pressure test until the last chapter, "Fighting Back With Good Ideas," which contains some inspiring, specific recommendations that are politically feasible. Some great writers are said to be born with ink in their veins, but David Freddoso grasps every niche and hiding-hole of Washington politics so note-perfectly that he must have been born with marble dust in his veins. If enough people read Spin Masters, it will certainly affect the coming mid-term elections of 2014 in ways that Emperor Obama will not like. Buy some for your friends.
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The hallmark of David Freddoso's books is research, careful and fully-documented research. In his third book, David Freddoso provides ample examples of how the mainstream media puffed the stories that were positive for Candidate Obama and ignored or marginalized those stories that were to his detriment. I won't ruin the book for you by providing a summary, suffice to say that all the major issues (foreign and domestic) are examined carefully. The book also shows how the opposing candidate was characterized and defined by the media. My favorite example is that New York Times columnist Gail Collins recounted more than fifty times the tale of Mitt Romney strapping a dog-carrier to the roof of his car to bring Seamus the dog on vacation with the family. I remember reading Ms. Collins' column every Saturday and wondering why it was that she would work in that anecdote seemingly every week. This book will be an important starting point for future historians who wish to gauge the impact of a monolithic media on public policy and elections.
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If you want to know why the country is in such a mess, read this book. Our media has chosen sides in the political debate and no longer inform the citizens of that which does not fit their liberal ideology.
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In reading Spin Masters, I found that most of the information was already available in my lexicon. I recognized many things that were obvious to me, so I believe this would be a good choice for those interested in politics but who lack the time to keep up with details. The lack of the timely reporting of various facts by some in the media make it difficult to make sense of some situations. It's nice to have this book to organize these details.

For example: in one of the debates, President Obama said he had acknowledged on the morning of Sept. 12, 2012 that Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Later we found out that on that same afternoon, he had told one of the major networks that he didn't know what it was. The network left that portion of the interview on the cutting room floor until the election. Is it important for our president to tell the complete truth?
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David Freddoso is an excellent investigative journalist...so much so that he bares little resemblance to the flunkies and flacks who woman the mainstream legacy institutions nowadays. Freddoso has already written two masterpieces and Spin Masters is a much needed addition to his oeuvre. The media's outright lickspittle admiration for President Obama makes it almost impossible to watch ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc. More importantly, and this is one of themes of the book, they deliberately keep their viewers dumb. They run stories on nothing--Mitt Romney's dog, Lindsay Lohan, "the War on Women"--and intentionally don't cover or explain the federal government's debt and perpetual deficits and the way in which our interest payments sabotage our future. What of inflation? Isn't that a story? The Federal Reserve creates 90 Billion in new dollars each month. When I talk to my friends and associates who spend their time watching the mainstream media they know nothing about it. Some have heard of quantitative easing but they have no idea that its synonymous with money printing. When I look at this nation and contemplate its bleak future I would have to say that a corrupt and ideological leftist media is 50 percent of the product. The chapters on women and the left's intentional pursuit of false charges of racism were the two most valuable (and depressing) chapters to read. Also notable was his coverage of Fast and Furious and the unconstitutional recess appointments to the labor board.
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Another riveting book that exposes the media for their bias and irresponsible reporting. Rather than presenting factual information and honest commentary, the media engages in mistruths and cover up to the point of totally misleading the viewing public. Many respectable commentators lament the death of journalism, which Mr. Freddoso brings to light. Until this trend is reversed, America can expect to be stuck in the mud and muck of left wing hypocrisy and dishonest rhetoric that supports the agenda of the current administration.
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