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by Joe Conason


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In Big Lies, Joe Conason rips through the ten most damaging lies perpetrated by the right wing propaganda . Big Lies is a valuable and convincing book about a president and a political movement that are eating away at the roots of our democracy. -The Boston Phoenix

In Big Lies, Joe Conason rips through the ten most damaging lies perpetrated by the right wing propaganda machine. This scathing, fact-filled analysis debunks it all: - The myth that Republicans are fiscal geniuses and champions of free enterprise

In Big Lies, Joe Conason rips through the ten most damaging lies perpetrated by the right wing propaganda machine. This scathing, fact-filled analysis debunks it all: - The myth that Republicans are fiscal geniuses and champions of free enterprise. The right's self-proclaimed monopoly on "family values. The conservative smearing of liberals as unpatriotic and In Big Lies, Joe Conason rips through the ten most damaging lies perpetrated by the right wing propaganda machine

New; Brand new book but dj is torn.

New; Brand new book but dj is torn.

The article begins: Two years ago this week, our country suffered a momentous disaster that ought to have prompted a sharp change in the Bush administration’s foreign and domestic security policies

This book is one of several (Hightower, Franken, Moore being among the others) that does a good job but not the best job of nailing extremist Republican lies and distortions. It is a great index, something the other books have tended to neglect.

This book is one of several (Hightower, Franken, Moore being among the others) that does a good job but not the best job of nailing extremist Republican lies and distortions. You can, for example, look up national security or minorities, or health care, and get right to the relevant lies. You can also look up individual names and see the specifics on both corporate cronies of the extreme right, or media manipulators.

BIG LIES, by political writer Joe Conason, is one of those books that has begun to peel away and expose that element of conservative politics that cares little for the truth. Recent months have marked the publication of several books in this vein. Efforts by liberals Jim Hightower, Molly Ivins and others have been or soon will be published. While Franken is more entertainer than political pundit, Conason writes from the perspective of a man who covers politics on a full time basis

Great book! (and note to "Malcontent"). Published by Thriftbooks.

Joe Conason Chapter 2: Peroxide Paradox: The Blonde Misleading the Blind. Liberal Media? Charges that the media is liberal drown out legitimate concerns about: Slideshow 5391280 by ursula. Coulter Criticized by the Right, not the Liberal Media Instead, it has been conservative publishing houses and magazines that have dumped her books.

In Big Lies, Joe Conason rips through the ten most damaging lies perpetrated by the right wing propaganda machine. This scathing, fact-filled analysis debunks it all: - The myth that Republicans are fiscal geniuses and champions of free enterprise. - The right's self-proclaimed monopoly on "family values."- The conservative smearing of liberals as unpatriotic and anti-American.- And of course, the "compassionate conservatism" of George W. Bush. (It depends on the meaning of “compassionate.”)Big Lies confronts right-wing slander and bias with a long-awaited, badly-needed counterpunch to the deceptions that have plagued American politics for a generation.

Comments: (7)

Cobandis
Note that Conason draws a clear distinction between "conservatives" and the "Right Wing," starting right in the title. This book is an all-out attack on the right-wing, not conservatives, which is a point that will undoubtedly be lost on most of cable news and talk radio should they dare to take up the topic of _Big Lies._ Conason is always careful with his facts and journalistic integrity, which sets him quite apart from the swarms of right-wing pundits cashing in on their market segment's credulity with endless anti-liberal, anti-Clinton and, ultimately, anti-American diatribes.
Many of us who have been regularly reading center and left-of-center publications and web sites for some years now will be familiar with the material covered here. In fact the acknowledgements include a long list of web sites ("blogs," a term I dislike) that seem to herald the importance of this medium in the future. Conason has packed the most important parts of it into a slim volume, easy to read in just a few sittings, good for busy people who do not have time to read the web. I did not find a page that failed to deliver something significant. We can just hope it gets into the hands of well-meaning voters who have been duped so long.
I am still looking and waiting for a credible debunking, or at least a solid rebuttal, to Joe Conason's and Gene Lyon's _Hunting of the President._ It has been some years now and it has not happened. My guess is it will not happen with _Big Lies_ either. Instead you are going to see a lot of shrill denunciations from those who hope to keep the right-wing myth alive with yet more lies, heated adjectives, and spin on trivia. It will be interesting to see what the response will be.
Landaron
We, the American people, are in era of "right wing bullying and political conformity" as Mr.Conason explains. But since it is the right wing that is trying to turn the very word "liberal" into a synonym for unpatriotic, traitorous, fiscally incompetent,etc., there will no doubt be reviews posted here and at other sites complaining that Conason's book is more "liberal clap trap." There will also be complaints about "liberals" hogging all the media, which is just one example of a repeated lie which takes on the aura of truth. As Conason points out, there is an ongoing effort by right-wing politicians and their followers to create one big Republican party with a diminished, struggling Democratic wing. I fear, however, that Conason is preaching to the choir and those who are in need of the enlightment he sheds on right-wing lies will shun this book out of hand. The big lie repeated often enough becomes truth to those who do not care to see. It's time for the left wing to take control of our political fortunes. Highly recommended for those who care about the right-wing drift in this country .
Talrajas
Big Lies - Joe conason

Most People Suffer From Historical Amnesia

Joe Conason (JC) is a good writer and this book is a quite easy read. I highly suggest this book over Al Franken book. When you compare the two side by side you realize, that JC is targeting a higher level of sophistication. He disperses with the juvenile swear words and the pedantic ranting that fill AF's book. JC takes the intelligent and reasoned approached one that I prefer over the caustic AF.
This does not make the book great though, rather than try to correct every point in the book I have listed just a few brief examples of illogical deductions or downright lies.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration did not rescue the miners as JC implied instead it was a combination of volunteers and paid professionals who effected the rescue. (14-15)
JC was completely disingenuous in how much the average taxpayer received back in Bush's tax cut. The tax cuts were equal across the board but the best he could come up with is people who paid NO Federal tax got NO money back. HOW UNFAIR! (16-17)
To prove that the media isn't biased he states that conservatives actually get to voice their opinions in the editorial sections this is terrible compared to 20 years ago when they were excluded completely (30) and again he is irked that the newspapers even allow conservatives to pen their thoughts. (41)
JC asserts that Ann Coutler gets good reviews of her books by the press these are the examples of good reviews:
"Insult Slinging", "Sarcastic overhype", "Piece of agit-pop", "Pretends to intellectual seriousness where there is none." (32)
Wow if those are good reviews I would hate to see the bad ones.
JC is very upset that the media might even report that there is a bias (38-39) Shhh don't talk about it and nobody will notice.
To prove there is no bias JC shows these rather strange statistics for political endorsements for presidential candidates by Gannett Papers
1996 29% of the papers endorsed Bob Dole
2000 38% of the papers endorsed George Bush
He then follows those statistics up with this quote
"The trend favors republicans; Bob Dole won many more endorsements that Bill Clinton did in 1996, but not by the margin as impressive as that Bush achieved in 2000." (39-40)
Amazing 38% is an IMPRESSIVE margin. Well, NO, JC 38% shows the pervasive liberal bias. Nice try
NPR has politically balanced programming (47) STOP LAUGHING I didn't write that JC did, I guess politically balanced programming means that NO right or even middle of the road voice is heard.
Another great quote: "Conservatives enjoy other vast stretches of uncontested terrain in the national media." (48) His than lists all that he can think of to prove his point: 3 newspapers, 2 magazines, FOX news.
That's it folks that's the extreme conservative bias in the news.
To prove that CNBC is slanted powerfully to the right JC found that the WSJ ONCE had a show on it. Oh my God, 1 show, on 1 hour, once a week. That is 1 out of 148 hours of weekly programming that was conservative and that makes them slanted powerfully to the right. (48-49)
BTW the show was cancelled it is now 148 out of 148 hours of liberal programming. Thank God no more right wing slant.
He admits that Dan Rather and the CBS news are liberal (51)
Wait a second JC just spent 20 pages explaining that the media was slanted to the right, he even slammed Bernard Goldberg for saying Dan was liberal, but now he admits it. The only conservative voice on the Network or Cable news is FOX and everything else is liberal. Thanks for 20 pages of TRUE LIES.
JC is upset that Anne Coutler actually dates men and has many close GAY friends. (113) So much for normal homophobic invectives bandied about by the left.
One of my favorite quotes by JC "Conservatives cannot compete in the black community because they uphold color-blind principle, civil-quality and the constitution" (129) WOW such brutal honest Joe, those damn color-blind, non-racists, constitution believing scum on the right what are they thinking?
In the end you are left rather exasperated. It seems that JC thought pattern, like much of other current day liberal authors is, if you repeat a lie often enough it will become the truth. His examples throughout the book are simply stated, PATHETIC. They usually show the exact opposite of his intended point, but it doesn't matter to him or to his INTENDED audience. They have no interest in the truth and even when they are presented facts such as a 38% endorsement for Bush is "PREVASIVE" conservative bias they simply fall to think what percentage then endorsed Gore?
On page 3 JC wrote probably the biggest truth of this book "If Americans have a common fault, however, it's our tendency to suffer from historical amnesia." Joe you are right that is how you can claim the Civil Right Act was a liberal victory. The majority of Americans, especially liberal ones, do not know that more liberals voted AGAINST civil rights than conservatives. It's simple facts like these that you turn around and they wage your campaign of BIG LIES.
Malhala
Joltin' Joe Conanson does it again with his latest book, presenting a number of right-wing spin points and debunking these myths with cold, hard fact. Have you been fooled into thinking the left is unpatriotic? One chapter addresses this point, showing how many Democrats are decorated veterans while the "chickenhawks" (Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, etc.) avoided active military duty during Vietnam. Think Democrats are all about taxing and spending? Another chapter digs into this to expose how it is Ronald Reagan who passed the biggest tax increase in American history, even as he left the nation with a record national debt, including the savings-and-loans scandal of the '80s, which we're still paying for. Truly a compelling read.
Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth download epub
Politics & Government
Author: Joe Conason
ISBN: 0312315619
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (June 15, 2004)
Pages: 255 pages