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Author: Bill Press Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781481589949
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In Toxic Talk, Bill Press exposed the ways in which the extreme right-wing media has done an end run around the American voting populace by exerting a disproportionate control over open political debate. In The Obama Hate Machine, Press returns to show how the Right has taken rhetoric to slanderous new levels in attacking the nation’s forty-fourth president.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “In a poisoned political climate, negative personal attacks on President Obama must have no place in our public discourse. In an age when sound bites too often dominate the news, Bill Press digs deeper: busting the myths, standing up for the truth and the American people.”

    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

  • “Joe Barrett, winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie Award finalist, does an impressive job narrating, especially when he reads quotes from conservatives Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck. Recommended for libraries that want to balance their Obama collection with a liberal view.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Radio talk show host and political commentator Press explores the money-and-media-fueled propaganda machine currently being used to weaken President Obama…This book provides an unsettling glimpse into the unsavory side of corporate interests and an irresponsible media.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “While Lincoln, FDR, and Bill Clinton were the objects of virulent political hatred during their times in office, none of them faced the level of vitriol that has been heaped on Obama, according to political commentator Press…A fascinating analysis of the impact of the hate machine on Obama, the upcoming presidential election, and the future of American politics. ”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 10/28/2013

    " The media no longer reports facts. Everyone should catch on to this game...sadly conservatives won't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 10/16/2013

    " -- and Who is Behind Them. Answer: Fox News, those meanies. The end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 9/24/2013

    " An interesting read, plan on reading the conservative side of this, I like how the "Tea Party" is/was a GOP political machine, which republicans are in the pockets of Big Business, including the supreme court. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 9/18/2013

    " Very well written, but just makes me angry all over again!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/7/2013

    " This book explains much of what and who is behind the hate and outright political war against our President and how it has been orchestrated. Very revealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/11/2013

    " I wish there were more books like this to counter all the right-wing propaganda out there. The chapter on the Koch brothers should be required reading for all those concerned about how much influence powerful corporations can have on shaping public policy (and we ALL should be concerned). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreia | 10/26/2012

    " Eye opening book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lamar | 10/8/2012

    " Can anyone in the world really believe more than 10% of this book? I know I can't. I did like the section about our feuding founding fathers but I wonder if any of that is true since most of this book is so ridiculous. "

About the Author

Bill Press is the author of Toxic Talk and the host of Sirius XM Radio’s Bill Press Show. He writes a syndicated column for Tribune Media Services and is the former cohost of MSNBC’s Buchanan and Press, CNN’s Crossfire, and The Spin Room. He regularly appears on Hardball, Fox & Friends, Morning Joe, and many other outlets.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.