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Steven E. Richards

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Vermont | Member Since 2002

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  • Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
    • Narrated By Molly Ivins
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world.

    Steven E. Richards says: "A little balance please..."
    "A little balance please..."
    Overall

    Molly Ivins is an acknowledged expert on Texas politics; therefore, she's in a better position than many to give us the skinny on Mr. Bush, who was governor of Texas for six years. She also went to school with the man, and she's followed his career for many years. Finally, Molly is one of the few political commentators out there who actually had a career as a serious journalist before she became a columnist. She's a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, and she was a long-time reporter for the New York Times before she returned to her native Texas. With a background like that, I suspect she understands something about standard journalistic practices, such as confirming and verifying sources, as well as the difference between facts, opinions, and pure conjecture. Molly certainly has her point of view, but she's most definitely not a political hack; and it's not fair to dismiss her out of hand because you don't like what she says or you disagree with her political views. Check her facts -- if she's wrong about something, call her on it. I think you'll find she has a point more often than not. Certainly, Molly has been critical of those on the right wing of the politcal spectrum, but there is a difference between criticism and "bashing". So far, I've not seen Molly cross that line, except possibly in jest. Open your mind a little, and you may be suprised at what you find.

    34 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bernard Goldberg
    • Narrated By Bernard Goldberg
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In his #1 New York Times best seller, Bias, Emmy Award-winning journalist Bernard Goldberg created a national firestorm when he exposed the liberal biases of the so-called mainstream media. Now, in his new blockbuster, Goldberg goes even further. He not only takes on Big Journalism, but offers a twelve-step program to help the media elites overcome their addiction to bias.

    James says: "Big Media?"
    "An artful piece of propaganda, I'll give it that."
    Overall

    A book for the supremely gullible only...if there's an overall bias to the American media at all, it's painfully obvious that it's in the opposite direction. The American "mainstream" media are all owned by large corporations, and let's face it, very few corporations are politically liberal. But hey, propaganda works; and, if nothing else, the apparent popularity of Goldberg's books is ample proof of that fact.

    2 of 22 people found this review helpful

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