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But presidents have always been attacked like this, right? Wrong. As the author shows, while presidents and presidential candidates have routinely been subject to personal attacks, the outright disdain Obama’s extremist opponents have for the facts has inspired an insidious brand of character assassination unique in contemporary politics.
Obama was born in Kenya, Obama sympathizes with Muslim terrorists, Obama is a communist who wants to institute death panels and touch off class warfare - the extent to which these unfounded assertions have taken hold in the American mindset shows just how ruthless, destructive, and all-powerful the right-wing machine, hijacked by extremists in the media and fueled by corporate coffers, has become. The author reveals how corporate interests such as the infamous Koch Brothers continue to steer political coverage away from fact-based dialogue into the realm of hysteria. Bill Press also observes that this phenomenon is not limited to the airwaves and provides an “I Hate Obama Book Club” list, calling out the scores of anti-Obama tomes - and even some from the Left - that have helped drag politics even deeper into the mud.
In his characteristic on-the-mark arguments sure to appeal to anyone on the Left or in the Center, Press shows how the peculiar nature of Obama-hating subverts issue-driven debate and threatens not only the outcome of the 2012 election but the future of the American democratic system.
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By Carol Crouse on 03-09-12
An Honest Look at Political Motivations
If you could sum up The Obama Hate Machine in three words, what would they be?
Revealing, verifiable and well-written
What did you like best about this story?
This book reveals how two wealthy brothers back their hate for President Obama by supporting many activities designed to prevent him from having a successful presidency and a positive legacy. It was well documented. I looked up several sources and quotes because they seemed unbelievable- too bad to be true. I could verify everything.
It is the most honest political book that I have read. It wasn't filled with emotional or made up
Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?
The book was well-read and easy to listen to. He had the perfect meter for it.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Robert on 08-28-17
Far more than an expose'
I found this book to be comprehensive and it called out the good the bad and the lazy. It brought to light how the entire American press has just gotten too lazy to investigate and reveal the truth. No 'players' were spared! I'm going to buy the hardback and dog-ear the heck out of it. It is a worthy source for facts.