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The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote

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Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The New York Times best-selling author of Stonewalled pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinions.

Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda - an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth, but these media-driven "hit pieces" are designed to obscure the truth. Success hinges on the Smear artist's ability to remain invisible, to make it seem as if their work is neither calculated nor scripted. It must appear to be precisely what it is not.

Veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson has witnessed this practice firsthand. After years of being pitched hit jobs and puff pieces, she's an expert at detecting Smear campaigns. Now, the hard-hitting investigative reporter shares her inside knowledge, revealing how the Smear takes shape and who its perpetrators are - including Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and, most influential of all, "right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin" (National Review) political operative David Brock and his Media Matters for America empire.

Attkisson exposes the diabolical tactics of Smear artists and their outrageous access to the biggest names in political media - operatives who are corrupting the political process and discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.

©2017 Sharyl Attkisson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-29-17
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Devestating Reporting on...Reporters and The Smear"

    Some of the dubious smears Ms Akkisson writes about actually deeply influenced my vote. You have no idea how hard it is for me to admit that. Its true for me and I know its true of some of my smartest friends.

    Like a surgeon, Ms Akkisson sites facts peeling away the many layers of deceit and blatant disregard for ethics and standards in her industry. She systematicly exposes bias and collusion In the media with professional smear artists.

    It is as gripping a read as it is a devestating expose' on the media. I loved every second of the book. Before you repeat any opinion you have on politics, listen to this book! I have no doubt The Smear will have a huge impact on the future of the media.

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    MJ Indiana 08-05-17
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    "A cancer metastasizing..."

    ...before our very eyes. All who value this republic must read, follow, discern news with great skepticism and variety.

    Sharyl is a modern Paul Revere, warning citizens of a very real and present danger.

    "A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.” Dr. McHenry in The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, ed. Max Farrand, vol. 3, appendix A, p. 85 (1911, reprinted 1934)

    Interestingly, Mike Wallace on CBS' 60 Minutes misquoted (now I wonder intentionally?) taking out the word "republic " and inserting "democracy."
    [Dec 20, 1998]

    God bless and protect you, Ms. Attkisson, you most certainly took great risks. You are admired and appreciated by this fan.

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    "Fascinating and scary!"

    Anyone interested in politics needs to listen to this book. No matter your political persuasion, this author tells it like it is. I will forever filter what I hear on the news with what I learned from this book.

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    very well written and very well-read interesting story about the truth of what goes on in this country excellent

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    "I trust this author!"

    I bought this book the first day it was available because I trust the author. I was not disappointed. It was so well done that at the end I found myself wanting to hear more of what she has to say. It is obvious how hard she works to get the complete facts and I treasure her objectivity. I look forward to more if her work.

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    "This is a must listen to."

    She clearly points out how the news is no longer a source of unbiased reporting. After you listen you understand mucj the media was in the tank for Clinton. You will get a better understanding of fake news..

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    Michael G. Boyd San Diego, CA 08-06-17
    Michael G. Boyd San Diego, CA 08-06-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Why I don't trust politicians and the gov"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Smear to be better than the print version?

    Enjoyed hearing the author read her book


    If you could give The Smear a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How you know politicians and our government leaders are lying, their lips are moving.


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    "Disturbing"

    Well written and researched. Terrifying Orwellian summary of the true state of the media in our modern world. Thanks to the author for having the courage to write the truth.

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    Jimmy Dean 07-28-17
    Jimmy Dean 07-28-17
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    "OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!"
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    This book makes me so happy! I thought I was going crazy before I read it. Then I started believing the smear merchants on the "other side" of the aisle. The Smear, by Sharyl Attkisson, puts my heart at ease. It has opened my heart by opening my eyes to the brainwashing that goes on for all of us, whether we consider ourselves to be on the right or the left and is THE obstacle to a free society, social harmony and mutual understanding.

    In the audio book version, Sharyl does a great job reading. You can feel her integrity and concern for all involved parties in the way she reads. This truly is a rarefied work on the level of excellence that does not seem to seek condemnation but rather understanding.

    A wise man once said that falsehood needs not be opposed, only exposed. The truth has a way of dissolving fallacy by its' own merit and power. It is my hope that this book launches a new era of civility in which the destructive effects of now obvious media smear campaigns are mitigated by enhanced sophistication, discernment, understanding and compassion. In order to choose the good we must first unmask and identify the not-so-good. This book does an excellent job of doing that.

    Shame is cruel and abusive. Smearing is a form of oppression. By the very nature of a smear, the victim instantly becomes a minority in the smallest and most oppressed group in America - the victims of public shaming. The ends do not justify the means, because we live in a world of means.

    My compassion and prayers go out to all those who have been smeared as well as the ones doing the smearing. I would NEVER want the karma of what they are doing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Joly 07-25-17
    Ron Joly 07-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just as I suspected"
    If you could sum up The Smear in three words, what would they be?

    Confirmed my Suspicions


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Smear?

    David Brocks dominance and collusion of and with the fake news sites like CNN


    What does Sharyl Attkisson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I trusted her words


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Money can buy reporters, editors and anchors to perpetuate whatever liberal narrative and smear you want to put forward,


    Any additional comments?

    I saw the Hillary campaign and friends try to make me doubt what I saw and heard during the campaign. Their antics and bubble blindness steered me to Trump and away from Hillary,
    Excellent Book and hopefully We get a Part 2 Update highlighting CNN's and the rest of the Liberal Media fall from grace.

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