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I say without hyperbole that this is the most important book I have read in some time; I hope its message is widely embraced.
Williams' book is a reminder that not every news personality is so ideologically blinded that he or she can't see merit in opposing viewpoints. Williams artfully illustrates how dialogue in our culture has become a screaming match where we can't discuss what we need to, and aren't concerned with being right so much as we are with winning the argument.
Largely, Williams' views are nuanced and well-crafted. There are a very few times when Williams himself seems to fall unknowingly into the political correctness (used broadly in this work, applied to both the left and right equally) he criticizes. However, this never seems hypocritical, because it's easy to imagine that, if you pointed these moments out to the author, you might very well get him to see your point.
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Mr. Williams does an excellent job presenting his case in a fair and balanced view (pun unavoidable due to true reporting skills presented). Though it is clear he is right of center on many issues, he refrains from building straw man arguments in most cases. There are some glaring short-comings, e.g. he does not present a good balance of the abortion riff by leaving out details then, unwittingly, fails to heed his own advice. It happens so quickly you wonder what the editor was thinking.
All-in-All it was a really good listen and has helped me to balance my thinking a little more. I have begun to split my time between Fox, CNN, and MSNBC a little more evenly now. If you are looking for a political screed, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a level headed and ever so slightly right leaning view. Get Muzzled (Pun intended).
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