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Publisher's Summary

Former right-wing journalist David Brock uses his keen understanding and experience to show how a conservative media has skewed American politics noticeably to the right. Brock's incisive analysis of right-wing media theories, strategies, financing, and operations makes for a convincing argument that the Republican Right does not embrace or encourage journalistic freedom, but instead seeks to control it. With billions of dollars to spend and a readiness to demonize dissenting voices, combined with trends toward media consolidation as well as deregulation of the airwaves, the conservative media machine possesses the tools needed to shape the national consciousness.
©2004 David Brock (P)2004 Books on Tape
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rexm on 06-05-04

A 4 star book (If you are a political junkie)

This book is only for political junkies. If you are not a real junkie, then start with Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars. The topic is similar and Al's is as serious but is shorter and funny too.

Mr Brock starts the book off with a nice 10 minute summary and then for the next 14 hours, explains how the Republican Noise Machine works. One of his first examples explains how President Nixon wanted to start the rumor that the media had a liberal bias. His slush fund was used to make a badly written book, that stated that the media had a liberal bias, be on the best sellers list. He quotes many studies that say there never was a liberal bias, in fact the opposite. But if the Noise Machine keeps saying anything enough, people believe it.

He continues with names and examples and examples of how this Machine works to dominate every aspect of our lives. Using a billion dollars, they support 1000's of writers, think tanks, talk radio shows, papers, magazines, Web sites and cable networks to get the Republican talking points heard.
They start by supporting conservative college papers and hire the writers and pay them well, to work at their conservative think tanks and publish articles based on the Republican talking points. Truth is NOT required.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is an understatement.

When I purchased the book from audible, it had a 1 star rating.
This is exactly what the book is about. The Republican Noise Machine
On Amazon the book has all 4 and 5 star ratings, except for one, 1 star rating. If you look at the user that gave the book a one star rating, you'll see he also gave Blinded by the Right, all Michael Moore's and Al Franken's books a 1 start rating. And funny, ANN COULTER books got a good rating.

Want to bet that the people who rated this book so far, didn't really read it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rob on 08-20-04

An eye opening listen

Rather than refute this author, the facts are easily checked. David was an insider and knows that anything slightly left of extreme right is automatically considered liberal and will be attacked by the republican noise machine. David knows that a large part of America does it's best to tune the media out because of the constant color commentary, feeding it's own ego, and patting itself on the back. This book explains how the machine works and who the interconnected players are, (which may surprise some) by a person who was disconnected from the Right Wing Machine for being too journalistically accurate and irrefutably correct. Become amazed, It will put a smile on your face.

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