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Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite | [Bernard Goldberg]

Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite

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.
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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.

In Arrogance, Goldberg punctures the bubble in which the media elites live and work, a culture of denial where contrary views are not welcome. He shows how they base their stories on assumptions many Americans don't share-which inevitably leads to biased reporting and slanted news. With blistering wit and passion, he names names and builds his case, revealing:

How the media's coverage of the Jayson Blair scandal missed far more serious problems at the New York Times
How some of the toughest watchdogs in journalism became Hillary Clinton's lapdogs
Why the media refuse to shoot straight when the subject turns to guns
What the real truth is behind the Ms.-information put out by feminists and passed on to you by their friends in the media
Which CBS News icon is "transparently liberal," according to commentator Andy Rooney
Which Hollywood celebrities say the dopiest things about America
Why some think the top journalism school in America is an intellectual gulag
Why the only kind of diversity you cannot find in a lot of newsrooms is a diversity of ideas
How some journalists, like Bob Costas and Tim Russert, do get it ¿ and how they think American journalism can be made better.

Arrogance is one of those rare programs that can change not only a powerful American institution, but the American landscape as well.

©2003 Medium Cool Communications, Inc.; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks

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    James Dayton, OR, USA 01-28-04
    James Dayton, OR, USA 01-28-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Big Media?"

    Having heard all the flack Bernard Goldberg received from his critics about his book "Bias" I was interested in hearing his thoughts in his own words . The book kept me interested and explained why his opinion about the media is an important subject to explore. Many of the examples of media bias in the book I remember hearing or seeing myself at the time they were in the news, others were interesting in there absence from public view.
    I now wish "Bias" was also available on audible.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    David Clyde, NC, USA 09-08-04
    David Clyde, NC, USA 09-08-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Please,..Let,s hear it AII!"

    Very good read, from a 'middle of the road' reader...
    But..Ahem, Most Kind Audible folks, ..
    two things are missing here, perhaps.

    1.The unabridged version (always critical) for this type of non-fiction.

    2.Book 1,"Bias" The NY # 1 best seller and precurser to this audio document.
    (I have read both 'complete versions' and can guarentee the readers of this book that the impact and cohesiveness is greatly augmented by reading the former publication as well!

    They are really a two part opus in content,.. and should definitely be assimilated in tandum.

    Thanks in advance, Audible!

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce D. Kaufman Wellesley, MA USA 11-13-03
    Bruce D. Kaufman Wellesley, MA USA 11-13-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Absolutely Brilliant!"

    Bernard Goldberg scores again with his follow up tome to Bias. Whether you agree with his point of view or not, this book is lively and raises the debate over media bias to a new level. A very enjoyable read (listen)!

    47 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas burlingame, CA, USA 11-11-03
    Douglas burlingame, CA, USA 11-11-03
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    "wow"

    Mr. Goldberg hits the nail on the head with 'Arrogance'.

    His experience as an 'insider' gives the reader (or listener) a glimpse of just how out of touch many of the 'media elites' are.

    Mr. Goldbergs wit and style, make 'Arrogance' a joy to read. 'Arrogance' could have very easily become an overly passionate rant or a boring, if accurate, legal brief. Mr. Goldberg has instead, created an entertaining and important book.

    When reading other 'Arrogance' reviews, ask yourself if the person who wrote it actually read the book, or if they're simply opposed to a 'diversity of ideas'.

    63 of 79 people found this review helpful
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    David Valparaiso, IN, USA 11-21-03
    David Valparaiso, IN, USA 11-21-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Eye opening"

    This is the first audio book that I've listened to that I couldn't put down. From start to finish this book will grab you with anecdote and example of the fascinating career of the author, as told by the author. It is amazing to me how the ?big three? networks can continue to operate the way they do after Mr. Goldberg exposes them for what they are. Anyone who wants proof of a liberal bias in the press, and the arrogance that is behind it should get this book.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew valencia, CA, USA 11-21-03
    Matthew valencia, CA, USA 11-21-03
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    "An honest man"

    Look I'm a right winger. Bernard Goldberg is a liberal. But what we both have in common is that we are not afraid of debate. Mr. Goldberg is an honest man. His insight into the media is very unique. He doesn't attack those that he criticizes with words that would stifle debate. In fact, most of the time, he is pointing out that there is another side that is usually not sought by the main stream media. His writing style and many of his points encourage people to be fair when assessing the other side of an argument. His first book Bias was excellent and this one is very good. Enjoy

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Chris long beach, NY, USA 12-12-03
    Chris long beach, NY, USA 12-12-03
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    "better as an audio book then a paper book"

    this book is actually better as an audio book then a paper book, Goldberg's narration is excellent.

    this book is a tour de force, it takes on every aspect of liberal bias in the media. From 9/11, to the war on terror, to gay rights, race relations, gun control, etc. You name it, Goldberg's examples on each and every issue really bring home his essential points regarding the media.

    after hearing this book, you will never pick up a major newspaper or watch the news on one of the major networks the same way again, if at all.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David Carlsbad, CA, United States 05-30-04
    David Carlsbad, CA, United States 05-30-04 Member Since 2003

    I am a student of life! As a life-long learner, my Audible account adds so much to my life!

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    "Masterful ... Required Reading ..."

    Thanks for writing this important book! You've written what I've felt for years - that there is Arrogance in the news rooms around the country ... that they have to 'think for us', 'cause we're too stupid to figure it out on our own.

    Should be required reading for all ...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Grafton, WI, USA 09-02-04
    Mark Grafton, WI, USA 09-02-04
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    "Great listening"

    This was easy listening and very informative. He carries the book well and I found myself asking the same questions he was answering. Good book.

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    Kevin Christy Orange County, CA 11-09-04
    Kevin Christy Orange County, CA 11-09-04 Member Since 2001

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    "If you don't see the obvious..."

    Everyone out in the red states have known about liberal media bias and arrogance for a long time. Bernie Goldberg, a longtime New York media insider spells out why in a plain-spoken, straightforward manner.

    Look, 80%+ of journalists voted for Gore, and Manhattan, the home of the scion of all media, the New York Times, went 80%+ for Kerry. It reminds one of the journalist who said, when Nixon was reelected in a landslide, that she was in disbelief--after all, nobody *she* knew voted for him.

    When nobody around you at work or in your social circle has red state sympathies, assuming that your liberal beliefs are de riguer is actually understandable. Life inside an echo chamber is not the best place to be if what you want is an unbiased diversity of opinion.

    So, what to do? First, as Goldberg says, Admit you have a problem. The bias is clear (and no, Virginia, just because Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are popular does *not* mean that "the media" (which includes ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and the Newspaper of Record) is biased towards *conservatism*. Red staters have Fox, talk radio, and the Washington Times. Blue staters have... well, *everything else*. Besides, most of what is considered "conservative" on Fox and on talk radio is commentary, not straight news reporting.

    So, get the book and learn. Or, don't buy it, don't listen to it, and don't read it, and come back here to Audible and give it one star like so many love to do when conservative books (which this *isn't*, by the way) hit the market.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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