100 People Who Are Screwing Up America: (and Al Franken Is #37) Paperback – May 23 2006
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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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
How serious can you take a book written in 2005 that purports to list the 100 people screwing up America but does not include even one conservative, one Republican or one white, fundamentalist Christian leader. That's right. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Robertson, Falwell and the rest are not on the list. If they are mentioned at all, it is only in terms of how the 'truly evil' people on the list are unfairly opposed to them and speak out against them. If Goldberg had his way, anyone with the audacity to oppose America policy, foreign or domestic, suggest that white Christian ethics (whatever that means) is not the one and only way to think or to challenge the office of the president at any level or on any policy would be shipped out of the country without having time to pack their bags. He makes the claim several times that only the conservative, Republicans are devoid of racial prejudice. He seems to mean every single one of them. By contrast, every single black leader and liberal proponent is a raging bigot. The saddest part of this book is that it was written before Obama gained national prominence. I think he easily would have claimed the number one position. The challenge in listening to this book is ' listening to this book'. I made it all the way through but not without effort. Some of the people he cites have done some bad things and it is not so much their inclusion that one objects to but the omission of those on the ideological 'other side'.Read more ›
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Some of the other books along these same lines make the individual evaluations go on and on and on but Bernard has kept it short and to the point.
"Just the facts ma'am" and this made it much easier and enjoyable to find out who all those ultra-liberal (or as Chris Matthews says "Neo"-Liberal) backers of the decline and fall of the American culture are.
I have to thank Bernard Goldberg for this book because most of us only recognise those "Marketers of Evil" who we see on the TV or hear on the radio and this work opens our eyes to the scores of others in the Demonic Party who tell or insist that we "Do As I Say...Not as I Do".
A good, quick and informative read for anyone looking for the "rest of the story" as Paul Harvey says.
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