At the risk of giving away the ending: It's all liberals' fault. Cultlike in their behavior, vicious in their attacks on Republicans, and in almost complete control of mainstream national media, the left has been merciless in portraying all conservatives as dumb, racist, power hungry, homophobic, and downright scary. This despite the many Republican accomplishments of the last few decades, as well as the Bush administration's expert handling of the country's affairs in the wake of the worst attacks on American soil and of the war that followed.
With incisive reasoning and meticulous research, Ann Coulter examines the events and personalities that have shaped modern political discourse. She demonstrates how the media, especially, are biased - and usually wrongheaded - and have done all in their power to obfuscate the issues and the people behind them, bending over backward to villainize and belittle the right, while rarely missing an opportunity to praise the left.
Refreshingly honest and unerringly timely, Slander continues where Bernard Goldberg's number one best selling Bias left off.
Listen to ©2002 Ann Coulter; (P)2002 Random House Inc.; Producer: Laura Wilson; Abridgment: Peter Michalos
©2002 Ann Coulter; (P)2002 Random House Inc.; Producer: Laura Wilson; Abridgment: Peter Michalos
"Ann Coulter is a pundit extraordinaire." (Rush Limbaugh)
"The conservative movement has found its diva." (Bill Maher)
Being in the camp that voted for Gore in 2000, listening to Slander is difficult. I have listened to the media and allowed them to shape if not invent my opinions about Gore and Bush, as well as, to a larger degree, Democrats and Republicans. I really didn't have any other view of Gore or Bush prior to listening to Slander.
I am not a NY liberal, a group that Ann Coulter repeatedly attacks in this book, along with anything having to do with the NY Times. Though she berates NY liberals and the Times more than is necessary, Slander is a very good book that exposes many illusions about Al Gore and George Bush that I had come to believe during the 2000 election campaign. If you were a Gore supporter before the debates, didn't you think he would wipe the floor with Bush? Weren't you surprised and angry (at Gore) when he didn't? Slander details the educational records of both candidates and, if you hadn't done your own homework like I didn't, clearly shows why, due to media influence, you may have been duped into expecting the smarter(?) Gore to defeat the dumber(?) Bush.
I also was interested by Coulter's views on Reagan and need to revisit his presidency after hearing her views on him. Being fresh out of high school and having been raised by blue colar, union democrats, Reagan was never going to be my friend.
I can't agree with her brief attack on John McCain, the Republican I would have voted for if that party had seen fit to back him. In my opinion, campaign finance reform is a good issue and McCain was a terrific Presidential candidate.
Ann Coulter displays her formidible intellect and not a little humor in this book which I actually recommend more for liberals than conservatives. For conservatives, its really just another choir preach but for liberals, Slander makes for a terrific self-examination, if you can stand it, which is much needed in the wake of the 2000 election debacle and to prepare for 2004.
I am actually aghast at the fact that those who have negatively reviewed this tome have failed to see what she is talking about. The author provides clear, concise examples of overt bias in the media from the enablers, cheerleaders, and mouthpieces of the left, and backs up every claim she makes with some hard, verifiable evidence. Perhaps a well-reasoned response to these books, Treason and Slander, would be beneficial if someone feels that they could respond with a defensible position. However, I think that would be extremely difficult (read: impossible) because it extremely difficult to refute the evidence in this book. Most damning is the Alger Hiss information, in my opinion. Incredible the lengths that some would go to in order to protect their poster-child.
One response to a negative review that I had read before purchasing these books (Slander & Treason; bought them together) about the author's use of Lexus-Nexus searches as evidence. It is necessary to use that when the topic you are researching is the media. Since one of the points of these books is that a blatant, left-leaning bias exists in the media and that it enables the Democrat party, she had to use examples from the media. One cannot write with research from Harvard and Yale regarding the media in this case because no supporting viewpoint could be published from such a place.
My review stands as a stellar performance in both books. I recommend them together; what a pair!
The more conservative you are, the more liberal the media appears. The more liberal you are, the more conservative the media appears. In any case, no decent person lies nor embraces the lie and the liar.
I enjoyed hearing Ann's point of view. I know her facts are accurate because I remember seeing and hearing much of the recent news coverage she discusses. It was helpful to have her point of view to put it into perspective.
I don't like many of the people she talks about but before it was just a gut feeling. Now I feel justified.
I've read both this book (and several others of hers) as well as books by Al Franken and several other political "commentators." The thing about these books, is anyone with half a brain can find isolated figures, embarrasing moments, and convoluted logic to make any point. Coulter does this, Franken does this, they all do it. The only reason to read any of them is so that you'll realize that you SHOULD NOT base your political views on the books of self appointed 'analysts.' (and also it's amusing to see them bashing the hell out of each other)
The Queen of the Sound Bite is Ann. Lots of snappy lines, but give me a break on some of the "evidence" she trots out ... over and over again. At least you know with Ann that her purpose is to be controversial and one way to do that is to reach sweeping outrageous conclusions from tiny fragments of information while ignoring any and all contradictory evidence.
After books like this and Bernard Goldbergs "Bias" it surprises me that there are those that still deny that there is not a left leaning media. This book is replete with incontrovertible example after example of a conscience or subconscious politically correct agenda. I think she had over 700 footnotes that can be easily checked out. Her premise is further realized by recent news stories of CNN's embarrassing Iraqi coverup agenda and the New York Times lowering of standards and ethics in their diversity endeavors. I would not call her humor nasty ala Michael Moore but she can be caustic when making her point especially when the recipient is another woman....wierrrr (cat sound) Yeah baby!!!
Ann Coulter has written an interesting and intellegent account of the American media's liberal bias. It was thouroughly documented. My wife an I greatly enjoyed listening to the book. It's guaranteed to make any liberal call it "stupid or dumb." When the book was on the bestsellers list I had a hard time finding it in the store. Thank you audible.com for making it available. I highly recommend this book to any and every American, liberal or consertavative!
Ann Colter gives the left a taste of there own bitter medicine and they can't stand it. Yes, anyone can do nex-lex searches and skew them, but if your talking about words used to describe ones political view the number of articles containing, "extreme right" and "extreme left" are more than valid. Come on now let's be truthful with ourselves.
The right has been bashed by the inteligencia and media for far too long. They break down the beliefs of the right and skew them in a way that they find favorable to there own agenda. Any person who dares voice opposition to the lefts' dogma are bafoons, morons, uneducated, etc, etc.
The one problem I have with this book is that it does nothing to end the mudslinging. We as a people must some day realize that just because a person doesn't have the same views as you that dosn't make them evil, stupid, crazy, etc. However I must confess, finally chucking the humble pie accross the room feels a little good.
It is fair to criticize Ann Coulter for her abrasiveness, which does get a bit tiring at times. But one cannot fault the research that she did for this book. This is not just a collection of gripes against the mainstream media, but a case-by-case expose of brazen, shocking bias with example after example after example. She gives sources for every contention and quote. There are no doubt people who will not find Coulter's book convincing, but anyone with an open mind will be persuaded to look at the news provided by our major media outlets with a much more critical eye.
This is a fabulous book, made all the better with Ann Coulter as the narrator. Her narration captures all of the wit and sarcasm that no narrator but the author could deliver. Those on this page who criticize her for what they consider hypocritical use of hyperbole and name-calling miss the very point she is trying to make: that these cheap tactics are employed far too often by the left-leaning media. Whether you agree with her or not, nobody can deny that it is very entertaining, fun to listen to, and impeccably narrated.
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