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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Wolcott Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Vanity Fair’s famously acerbic cultural critic takes on the so-called news establishment—and dismembers the “news eunuchs” limb by limb. A hilarious work of fiendish wit and scathing relevance.

James Wolcott is fed up. Since 9/11, he's watched the gradual collapse of the U.S. news media. Once a tough, independent force, the fabled Fourth Estate has, in Wolcott’s eyes, gotten down on their knees and taken dictation from George Bush.

Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants is a barrage of verbal cluster bombs aimed at Fox News, “where diseased egos seek to shape the world in their image”; at MSNBC, “the shame of a nation”; at CNN, “the other shame of a nation”; at Roger Ailes, who turned anchormen in to “ventriloquist dummies”; at the out-of-control Geraldo Rivera (“Geraldo of Arabia”); and even at the heralded Thomas Friedman (“foreign policy’s manic-depressive indicator”). Wolcott watches the professional pundits at the game called spin, and maintains that we are all diminished by it.

Don’t look for even-handedness here. This is a polemic and proud of it. Wolcott’s book pokes, prods, and stirs up controversy. It annoys and teases. It also makes some serious points about the lamentable state of our news, and our nation.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brendan | 3/14/2013

    " I'm not a big fan of overheated political polemics; I hate preaching to the choir. I hate the type of writers who just know they're right and everyone else is stupid. But I love James Wolcott anyway. He's just too good a writer: too intelligent, too funny, too literary. He can preach to me any day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brendan | 8/27/2007

    " I'm not a big fan of overheated political polemics; I hate preaching to the choir. I hate the type of writers who just know they're right and everyone else is stupid. But I love James Wolcott anyway. He's just too good a writer: too intelligent, too funny, too literary. He can preach to me any day. "

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