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100 People Who Are Screwing Up America: (and Al Franken Is #37) [Paperback]

Bernard Goldberg
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May 11 2006

The number one New York Times bestselling author of Bias delivers another bombshell—this time aimed at . . .

100 People Who Are Screwing Up America

No preaching. No pontificating. Just some uncommon sense about the things that have made this country great—and the culprits who are screwing it up.

Bernard Goldberg takes dead aim at the America Bashers (the cultural elites who look down their snobby noses at "ordinary" Americans) . . . the Hollywood Blowhards (incredibly ditzy celebrities who think they're smart just because they're famous) . . . the TV Schlockmeisters (including the one whose show has been compared to a churning mass of maggots devouring rotten meat) . . . the Intellectual Thugs (bigwigs at some of our best colleges, whose views run the gamut from left wing to far left wing) . . . and many more.

Goldberg names names, counting down the villains in his rogues' gallery from 100 all the way to 1—and, yes, you-know-who is number 37. Some supposedly "serious" journalists also made the list, including the journalist-diva who sold out her integrity and hosted one of the dumbest hours in the history of network television news. And there are those famous miscreants who have made America a nastier place than it ought to be—a far more selfish, vulgar, and cynical place.

But Goldberg doesn't just round up the usual suspects we have come to know and detest. He also exposes some of the people who operate away from the limelight but still manage to pull a lot of strings and do all sorts of harm to our culture. Most of all, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America is about a country where as long as anything goes, as one of the good guys in the book puts it, sooner or later everything will go.

This is serious stuff for sure. But Goldberg will also make you laugh as he harpoons scoundrels like the congresswoman who thinks there aren't enough hurricanes named after black people, and the environmentalist to the stars who yells at total strangers driving SUVs—even though she tools around the country in a gas-guzzling private jet.

With Bias, Bernard Goldberg took us behind the scenes and exposed the way Big Journalism distorts the news. Now he has written a book that goes even further. This time he casts his eye on American culture at large—and the result is a book that is sure to become the voice of all those Americans who feel that no one is speaking for them on perhaps the most vital issue of all: the kind of country in which we want to live.


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“Entertaining.” (Buffalo News)

About the Author

Bernard Goldberg is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Bias, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, and Arrogance. He has won eight Emmy Awards for his work at CBS News and at HBO, where he now reports for the acclaimed program Real Sports. In 2006 he won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, the most prestigious of all broadcast journalism awards.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and illuminating Sept. 9 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This expanded paperback edition of the bestseller now includes 10 additional wreckers, including Ramsey Clark, Fred Phelps and the five Supreme Court judges who handed down the eminent domain ruling that facilitates the expropriation of private land.

The book is an addictive read that inspires emotions ranging from incredulity, shock and amusement to disgust, revulsion and sadness at the plight of the victims. Fortunately Goldberg's witty observations mostly succeed in serving as antidote to the disturbing revelations.

The author identifies the problem in the introduction: society has become indiscriminately tolerant of bad behaviour. The pendulum has swung from judgmentalism to the unquestioned acceptance of the vulgar, the nasty and the downright evil. Most decent people seem to be too intimidated to complain or resist.

In the introductory chapters, the types of characters that make up the list are discussed by category. These comprise America Bashers, Hollywood Blowhards, TV Schlockmeisters, News Division Schlockmeisters, Rap Musicians, Trial Lawyers, Multicultural Relativists, Racial Enforcers, White Collar Thugs, Sex Warriors and Radicals writers.

Some entries on the list are dismissed with a single word (Courtney Love) or a sentence (Michael Jackson), whilst others comprise up to five pages. Certain entries are titled by characterization instead of name, like The Dumb Celebrity (Cameron Diaz), The Vicious Celebrity (Alec Baldwin), and the Dumb And Vicious Celebrity (Linda Ronstadt). Malignant narcissism seems to the problem in many cases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning and insightful July 31 2006
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Bernard Goldberg attempts to accomplish what many have on both sides of the political spectrum, take aim at figures who distort facts, spew idiocy or hatred and are just a liability to society as a whole (as the author sees it anyway). This seems a risky endeavor, as I believe almost no reader will agree with Goldberg's assessment of every person on the list, as Goldberg himself admits. While there are those who would passionately defend Michael Savage or Al Franken or any number of self-professed experts, analysts or celebrities on both sides of the political spectrum masquerading as humans with a working brain, this book is an interesting and often insightful read (Who knew Al Sharpton was a pompous anti-Semite?).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun list even if I disagree with some of it April 14 2008
By General Pete - Published on Amazon.com
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No one is going to have a list that is exactly 100% the same but what is interesting about this list is that everyone can find something that they like about it. Don't judge a book by its cover in this case because while some might be quick to dismiss it as a knee jerk republican manifesto it really isn't.

Those I liked

Two people on the list whose names escape me who are screwing up American education by the demon of self esteem. One of these people is on record as saying that "it doesn't matter that student X thinks that 2+2=5 he did try after all and he is still a winner." Ok kid see how well that attitude works for you in college.

The one word description of #56 Courtney Love is just classic

The crowning achievement of this list for me is Peter Singer(30 something) who has made a lot of friends among my fellow disabled people by saying that disabled children should be either aborted or killed at birth for the betterment of the species. This would be bad enough however Mr. Singer says that you can kill a baby up to a month old that shows signs of weakness or frailty he equates this to returning a car that turned out to be a lemon.

On behalf of disabled people everywhere Mr. Singer thanks very much its always good to feel loved and cared for which I always thought was the true mark of an enlightened society.

Now I have issues with the book four of them actually Rodney King, Jesse Jackson and Michel Moore way too predictable. Other then that I found the book to be throughly entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Read for Every American. May 28 2007
By Ivan Price Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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No matter what your politics are, you need to read this book. (And before you liberal Democrats turn up your nose let me remind you that Goldberg himself is a Democrat who has never voted for a Republican.) Goldberg is one of the last truly moral, decent people in this country. In this easy, quick read he exposes the smut pushers, flim-flam artists, phonies and crooks for who and what they really are. Some of whom would have us believe that they are socially-conscious nobles.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conservative Comedy at its Best Oct. 30 2007
By Greg Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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This list-style book is wildly entertaining. I am a moderate and I still agree with much of the content. Goldberg calls out liberal cowardice and even neo-cons on ignorant decisions and views on socioeconomic issues facing our nation. Just for fun, he even throws in some pop culture figures that are wasting our space.

I recommend this for anyone who dislikes liberals, neo-cons, Hollywood elitists and anyone with a good sense of humor. Of course, conservatives will love this book.

Genuine entertainment for anyone who is not an extremist or idealogue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Broad Range of Targets March 24 2008
By Jan Peczkis - Published on Amazon.com
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Bernard Goldberg provides opinions that are food for thought--whether or not one agrees with him. The introductory section includes scathing criticisms of the media for its bias, Hollywood for its pompousness and arrogance, and academia for its political correctness and selective sensitivities. He also has choice words for the professional America haters, and for the purveyors of frivolous lawsuits. Goldberg decries the coarsening of the American culture, including the prevalence of public profanity. He points out that we could have retained the civility of the 1950's while doing away with its racial and gender prejudices.

In his original-100 list, reproduced here, Goldberg criticizes Michael Savage and Jimmy Swaggart for what he considers their intemperate rhetoric. He sees Jesse Jackson as someone who, unlike Martin Luther King, divides rather than unites, and who is a hog for the cameras. Goldberg chides Judge Moore for breaking the law. He sees Gloria Steinem, and other feminists, as hypocrites for looking the other way while former President Clinton preyed on women. Goldberg sees former President Jimmy Carter as soft on dictators.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but could have been more balanced Sept. 5 2008
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book. He doesn't freely hurl labels, he gives credit where due (for the most part) and backs up his statements with facts (unlike Michael Moore's Stupid White Men). I am non-partisan but lean a bit to the right; however, I would have liked the book more if he would have balanced the list a bit. Of the 100 people, I'd think 15 or 20, at least, would be Republicans.
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