Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media

From the Inside Flap: This Time it Went Beyond Bias. Do the mainstream media have a liberal bias? Sure they do, everyone knows that, says CBS veteran and New York Times bestselling author Bernard Goldberg. But the media crossed an important line in the 2008 presidential race, moving from their usual unthinking liberal bias to crass partisanship of the crudest kind, practically acting as spin doctors for the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. In A Slobbering Love Affair, his most provocative book yet, Goldberg demonstrates how the media launched an unparalleled effort to ensure the election of the man they regarded as The One. From the thrill Obama sent up Chris Matthews' leg to the outrageously slanted "news" reports of the New York Times, Goldberg shows in exacting detail how the media, abandoning even the pretense of objectivity, moved from media bias to media activism. With his trademark blunt, honest, insider's perspective, Goldberg reveals:

* How the media ignored, downplayed, or sanitized the rantings of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama's long-standing "spiritual" adviser, and the radicalism of former terrorist (and Obama associate) Bill Ayers
* How the Obama campaign, while claiming to be "post-partisan," kicked reporters off Obama's plane after their newspapers endorsed McCain

* Why Obama's election makes it more likely conservative talk radio will be stifled by a new "Fairness Doctrine" that has nothing to do with fairness at all

* Why the liberal media preferred Obama to Hillary* What we can expect from the media's coverage of Obama's presidency

* BONUS: An exclusive interview with Rush Limbaugh on the unholy alliance between Obama and the mainstream media. A blistering takedown of the media's slavish support for Obama, A Slobbering Love Affair highlights how the mainstream media has not only surrendered its integrity and objectivity, but could even endanger our democracy.

1 comment:

Books We Love - Editor said...

With all these news coverage about the new U.S. Preisdent in these last few days, it made me see the "Obama Effect" in the global media, he basically dominates the front page of newspapers and magazines all over the world, and the TV screens. Forget about the Chinese newspapers I read that is Obama-filled and stuffed..., I am talking about the Chinese TV screens my illiterate grandma wathes daily. Even she knows a lot about Obama, from what I heard from her.. she knows all the good things about Obama. So if anyone listens to my Chinese grandma who can't read Chinese, or English, he/she will hear that Obama is the greatest person in Hong Kong, (not in America? Grandma?), he will do a lot of good to the world, he is the most brilliant person ever existed on the planet, he is historical, he is a hero... sounds like he is almost a "World's Savier"... My question to my grandma and her dim-sum club girlfriends is, "What good has he really done to you guys?" She always told me... "hmmmm....he will increase my retirement benefits...." But I think he is the President of the USA, not the Chief Executive in the Hong Kong government which runs my gramma's social security program.... I will however let my grandma keep her hope, it will be good to her heart.

So why my grandma loves Obama even she doesn't live in the same country with him or does she even speak his language...or likes the food he likes? They definitely have very different religions.

This book sparks my curosity about the power of the American media, which can make a popular international star out of anyone. I know all Chinese media report on what American media is reporting, from fashion to movies to music to politics, as if the American media is the only authorithy and originality in news... Whatever magic Elizabeth Taylor had on my grandma, Obama is now having the same magic on her..

I'm curious in this book because I too feel that the Media seems to love Obama unconditionally, undoubtly, and unanimously
I'm just curious about how Obama makes the media love him so much and I hope this book can tell me. I don't know whether he is going to be a capable President, but I know that he is capable of garnering the public support and the positive reporting from the media. For this, I want to know why and how. I always wonder if Obama could make history without the favorable support of the American media.... I don't think he could. Now I wonder if America can learn from Obama and get some of those media's love to improve the country's badly battered international image (unfortunately also battered by the American media itself). I think it can if the American media is willing to give their country the same kind of love they give to President Obama.

Whether Obama is as great as the media is portraiting him to be, only history can tell. I am very willing to give Mr. President a chance to prove himself, and I'm looking forward to a better world under his leadership... While he can't give my grandma a big social security check in Hong Kong, he can definitely make a difference on my social security here in America, my taxes, my job prospects, my safety, on and on....Until then, all the news coverage about Obama can't excite me like a good cup of coffee from Starbucks does...

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