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Common Nonsense

Author : Alexander Zaitchik
ISBN : 0470630655
Genre : History
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Who is this guy and why are people listening? Forget Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity—Glenn Beck is the Right’s new media darling and the unofficial leader of the conservative grassroots. Lampooned by the Left and Lionized by the far Right, his bluster-and-tears brand of political commentary has commandeered attention on both sides of the aisle. Glenn Beck has emerged over the last decade as a unique and bizarre conservative icon for the new century. He encourages his listeners to embrace a cynical paranoia that slides easily into a fantasyland filled with enemies that do not exist and solutions that are incoherent, at best. Since the election of President Barack Obama, Beck’s bombastic, conspiratorial, and often viciously personal approach to political combat has made him one of the most controversial figures in the history of American broadcasting. In Common Nonsense, investigative reporter Alexander Zaitchik explores Beck's strange brew of ratings lust, boundless ego, conspiratorial hard-right politics, and gimmicky morning-radio entertainment chops. Separates the facts from the fiction, following Beck from his troubled childhood to his recent rise to the top of the conservative media heap Zaitchik's recent three-part series in Salon caused so much buzz, Beck felt the need to attack it on his show Based on Zaitchik's interviews with former Beck coworkers and review of countless Beck writings and television and radio shows Explains why Beck is always crying, why he has so many conservative enemies, why he's driven by conspiracy theories, and why he's dangerous to the health of the republic A contributing writer to Alternet, Zaitchik's reporting has appeared in the New Republic, the Nation, Salon, Wired, Reason, and the Believer Beck, a perverse and high-impact media spectacle, has emerged as a leader in a conservative protest movement that raises troubling questions about the future of American politics.
Category: History


Author : Lawrence Rosenthal
ISBN : 9780520274235
Genre : Political Science
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"Steep brings together many of the leading scholars on modern, U.S.-right-wing politics. An exceptionally important and timely collection that sheds new light on the Tea Party phenomenon." - Kathleen Blee, author of Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement "Steep is deep. Its contribution of genuine interdisciplinary scholarship to the phenomenon of the Tea Party is one the best things to happen to our understanding of contemporary right-wing politics. This is an outstanding place for concerned citizens to understand the movement, whether it ends up rising or falling." - Rick Perlstein, author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus and Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
Category: Political Science

Glenn Beck

Author : Amy Novak
ISBN : 9781420506051
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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Powerful conservative media personality Glenn Beck came to lead his own multimillion-dollar media empire. Hosting programs on CNN and Fox News from 2006 to 2011, Beck later started his own television channel, TheBlaze TV. Subscriptions for the channel exceeded 300,000 in its first year of operation, earning Beck forty million dollars according to the Wall Street Journal. A prodigious author, Beck has topped the New York Times Best Seller List four times. This compelling volume offers a balanced view of this? ?often controversial figure in right-wing politics. Chapters discuss Beck's obscure childhood, his start in television and creating an on-air persona, and his ability to build a media empire.
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction


Author : Mark Andrejevic
ISBN : 9781135119522
Genre : Social Science
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Today, more mediated information is available to more people than at any other time in human history. New and revitalized sense-making strategies multiply in response to the challenges of "cutting through the clutter" of competing narratives and taming the avalanche of information. Data miners, "sentiment analysts," and decision markets offer to help bodies of data "speak for themselves"—making sense of their own patterns so we don’t have to. Neuromarketers and body language experts promise to peer behind people’s words to see what their brains are really thinking and feeling. New forms of information processing promise to displace the need for expertise and even comprehension—at least for those with access to the data. Infoglut explores the connections between these wide-ranging sense-making strategies for an era of information overload and "big data," and the new forms of control they enable. Andrejevic critiques the popular embrace of deconstructive debunkery, calling into question the post-truth, post-narrative, and post-comprehension politics it underwrites, and tracing a way beyond them.
Category: Social Science


Author : Glenn Beck
ISBN : 9783455380866
Genre : Art
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Sehnlich wünscht sich der zwölfjährige Eddie ein Fahrrad zu Weihnachten. Doch das Geld ist knapp, und unter dem Weihnachtsbaum liegt nur ein selbstgestrickter Pullover von seiner Mutter. Eddie wirft sich zornig aufs Bett. Ein reicher Junge, sein bescheidener Großvater und ein geheimnisvoller Nachbar begleiten Eddie auf einer Traumreise voller Ausflüchte, Notlügen und Trotz. Doch am Ende versteht Eddie, was er an einem Pullover hat, der voller Liebe gestrickt wurde. Dieses Buch wärmt noch lange, nachdem man es zugeklappt hat. Die ideale Lektüre für Adventsabende bei Kerzenschein.
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The Gilded Rage

Author : Alexander Zaitchik
ISBN : 9781510714304
Genre : Political Science
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Selected as one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten picks for Politics & Current Events of Fall 2016 A grippingly intimate and heart-breaking portrait of the walking wounded who make up the base of the Trump movement. Desperate and angry, these are the men and women of the vanishing industrial heartland and the depressed Appalachian coal country and the drug-running, no-man's land along the Southwestern borderlands. They have no illusions about the grandstanding billionaire and his glaring flaws. But they feel forgotten and screwed over by political, corporate and media elites . . .and they feel that Donald Trump, despite his flamboyant demagoguery, might well be their last chance for salvation. Part Studs Terkel, part Hunter S. Thompson, Alexander Zaitchik takes us deeper into the ravaged soul of America than any other chronicler of our times. Praise for Alexander Zaitchik's Common Sense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance: A sharp and informative smackdown. For Zaitchik, [Glenn] Beck is just one more American con artist in the P.T. Barnum tradition, a shameless pseudoconservative bottom-feeder who will say anything to keep the spotlight on himself while the money rolls in. —Mark Lilla, The New York Review of Books A sensational book . . . This is a beautifully written and insightful biography—thoughtful, considered, and very intentional about the need to understand Beck both as a symbol of something larger going on in America and as a person. —Susan Gardner, Daily Kos A scathing profile that follows the powerful pundit from a single-parent home in rural Washington state to conservative superstardom. —The Boston Globe A great political book. Zaitchik tells [Beck's story] well and nobody has told it more soberly. —Slate An informative study. —Sean Wilentz, The New Yorker A gripping and thoroughly researched biography. —Joe Conason, Salon
Category: Political Science

Der Beste Freund Den Man Sich Denken Kann

Author : Matthew Dicks
ISBN : 9783827076496
Genre : Fiction
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Budo ist der beste Freund, den sich der achtjährige Max vorstellen kann. Eben weil er sich ihn nur vorstellt. Doch eines Tages wird Max nicht länger an ihn glauben und Budo wird aufhören zu existieren. So weit ist es jedoch noch nicht. Denn Max ist anders als die anderen Jungen: Er mag es nicht, wenn man ihn berührt, er liebt es, Dinge zu ordnen, er schaut Menschen ungern in die Augen. Kein Wunder, dass die Schule ein einziger Spießrutenlauf für ihn ist. Als die Lehrerin Mrs Patterson ein verdächtiges Interesse an Max bekundet, spitzt sich die Situation jedoch zu, so dass Budo eine dramatische Entscheidung treffen muss. Klug, schräg, spannend und oft umwerfend komisch erzählt Matthew Dicks davon, dass man beileibe nicht echt sein muss, um ein wahrer Freund zu sein.
Category: Fiction

Books About Journalism

Author : LLC Books
ISBN : 1157230253
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (books not included). Pages: 39. Chapters: Books about media bias, Novels about journalists, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Bridget Jones's Diary, Going Rogue: An American Life, The Broken Compass: How British Politics Lost its Way, The IQ Controversy, the Media and Public Policy, Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, The New Journalism, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance, Psmith, Journalist, The Best American Magazine Writing 2007, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare, An Army of Davids, Bel Ami, The Scarecrow, The Poet, It's Not News, It's FARK, Free Culture, Blinded by the Right, Counter-Revolutionary Violence - Bloodbaths in Fact & Propaganda, Bob Kohn, The Republican Noise Machine, Raising Hell, Necessary Illusions, What Liberal Media?, The Boys on the Bus, Banana Republicans, A Test of the News, Bunker 13, Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy, Weapons of Mass Distortion, We're Going to Make you a Star, Hard News, South Park Conservatives, Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants, The Crying Game. Excerpt: Going Rogue: An American Life is a personal and political memoir of Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican candidate for U.S. Vice President. The book became a New York Times #1 bestseller in its first week of release, and remained there for six weeks. It is one of only four political memoirs to sell more than one million copies. The first part of the book is devoted to Palin's experiences before the campaign; the second part details her life as a candidate for national office. The book is written in a personal tone similar to Palin's manner of speaking. Palin discusses the disagreements she had with running mate John McCain's campaign advisers, cr...
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Out Of The Ooze

Author : Alexander Zaitchik
ISBN : 1947492020
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Praise for Out of the Ooze: The Story of Dr. Thomas Price "Donald Trump is the sick showman of Washington scandal, but the meat and potatoes of personal and corporate thievery goes to Thomas Price, secretary of HHS, who has created a profit center of illness and suffering." - Willam Greider, The Nation The U.S. healthcare system is the outlier of the developed world: immoral, inefficient, expensive, and corrupt as hell. This system has survived into the present day thanks in large part to a century of organized medical-industry reaction epitomized by Dr. Tom Price, the surgeon-businessman-politician presently serving Donald Trump as the secretary of Health and Human Services. The story of this man's rise out of Atlanta's suburbs - a rise built on far-right ideology and market fundamentalism, rank greed and breathtaking cruelty - is also the story, and the ultimate condemnation, of our nation's larger failure to provide healthcare as a right to all Americans. In Out of the Ooze, journalist Alexander Zaitchik (author of Common Nonsense and The Gilded Rage) sketches the arc of Price's career, from his days as a young flack for the American Medical Association barnstorming Georgia in opposition to the Clinton reform push of 1993; to his years on the Ways and Means Committee, when he brazenly traded $300,000 worth of healthcare-related stocks while lobbying on behalf of those same companies; to his current position at the apex of healthcare policy and GOP strategy to roll back the moderate reforms of the previous administration. The result is a taut argument for both the criminal investigation of Tom Price and a radical overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system he now oversees.