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Sadly, this book is nonfiction. The book contains important, enlightening information albeit a bit depressing. The narrator is excellent.
I was pleased the author does all he can to keep his view that of observer of ALL aspects. Trump comes off as, well, Trump. His ill-advised comments aren't glossed. By the same standard the media comes off as unfair, vicious, and tribal.
For those who still put any trust in "our" mainstream media, this book presents much to consider. For those who don't, read/listen and be reaffirmed.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Factual and dry are what is needed. The title of of Howard Kurtz's Media Madness is misleading in that he holds both Trump and the media for the current poor state of their relations. But he does attempt to hold the media more accountable because he believes that his profession is damaging itself unnecessarily by joining a fight to reverse the results of a presidential election. I'm reminded to a quote from a blogger who said that most of the mainstream media believe their job is to cover positive stories about President Trump with a pillow until they stops breathing. Meanwhile, they readily report anti-Trump stories that are thinly sourced from a single biased confidential source as if they are actually facts.
The rights afforded the free press by the First Amendment of the US Constitution are absolute; they are free to say/print (or refuse to say/print) anything they choose without consideration of facts. At the same time all Americans, including the US president, are free to respond as they see fit. The issue here is credibility. Kurtz argues that most of the mainstream media are damaging their credibility with their constant demonetization of Trump. The most recent polls indicate that only 32% of Americans believe that the mainstream media have any credibility at all. Meanwhile the president's approval rating is 10% higher at 42%. The mainstream media, more properly called Democrats with bylines, are not intelligent enough to understand they are losing the battle; and when it is over they will likely never recover. What they are doing will get them more Trump, not less.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Pre ordered on amazon. Eagerly awaited day of release. Multiple attempts at downloading failed. Met with 'verifying account, try again later'. Later came and went, as did the day of release. Optimistic about the contents, but still unable to download. This current events book may be in the political history section by the time I receive it. I'm giving 5 stars up front to Howard. But zero stars to provider
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