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Unfreedom of the Press

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From five-time number one New York Times best-selling author, Fox News star, and radio host Mark R. Levin comes a groundbreaking and enlightening book that shows how the great tradition of the American free press has degenerated into a standardless profession that has squandered the faith and trust of the American public, not through actions of government officials but through its own abandonment of reportorial integrity and objective journalism.

Unfreedom of the Press is not just another book about the press. Levin shows how those entrusted with news reporting today are destroying freedom of the press from within: “not government oppression or suppression”, he writes, but self-censorship, groupthink, bias by omission, and passing off opinion, propaganda, pseudo-events, and outright lies as news. 

With the depth of historical background for which his books are renowned, Levin takes the reader on a journey through the early American patriot press, which proudly promoted the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, followed by the early decades of the Republic during which newspapers around the young country were open and transparent about their fierce allegiance to one political party or the other. 

It was only at the start of the Progressive Era and the 20th century that the supposed “objectivity of the press” first surfaced, leaving us where we are today: with a partisan party-press overwhelmingly aligned with a political ideology but hypocritically engaged in a massive untruth as to its real nature.

©2019 Mark R. Levin (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • 05-22-19

Great Thought Provoking Book

Disclaimer: I can only take Mark Levin in small, measured doses, but I always walk away thinking about the topic.

This book is excellent! This year I finished an old goal, read about Washington, Franklin and Jefferson. In reading Washington I realized I had to read Hamilton and eventually Adams. They all have one common theme, the press. It is about the use of the press, the value of the free press, and the importance of knowing what the bias (what side of an argument) the media falls in.

From the first chapter, Levin lays out exactly his own bias, explains it, and walks the reader through a journey of self discovery. As a blogger with a total of maybe 10 readers outside my immediate family, I understand that by letting people know where my opinions come from, it allows them to make a wiser choice.

In the book, the part that hit me right between the eyes, is the definition of a facts journalist versus an opinion journalist. A facts journalist worries about the who, what, where, when and how of the story being presented. The opinion journalist takes the those and attempts to explain the "why" of the story.

In the current version of the press there are very few - if any - fact journalists. Most stories cover the who, what, where, when and how, only to support the why. Sadly, if you set out to support your answer to the "why" of a story, you collect and present only those facts that support your "why" theory and exclude those that counter your theory.

Joel Barker's book "Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future" talks about the hidden filters in our minds, what are called paradigms. If you have a liberal paradigm, you won't realize how you subconsciously exclude things that are counter to your paradigm, and easily welcome data that supports it.

This is truly a MUST READ book for anyone that enjoys thinking through current events and how the press reports them.

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This book could not be more timely or important.

After the collapse of the “Russian Collusion” narrative it is time for the American public to take a long, hard look at why the mainstream press got it so wrong and misled the country so badly. If the purpose of the constitutional Freedom of the Press clause is to truthfully inform the citizenry we are being badly served.

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very well researched historical facts.

I loved how Mr. Levin taught us the past history of the press going back to before we became a country. Then ties all of the history to what's happening today in our so called press.
I also find interesting that the press keeps going through the same cycle of one sided stories until the people put a stop to it. then the press goes back to balanced reporting, but slides back into the "group think".

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Substantive and factual.

A fun and easy read. Chapter 6, wow. Take time to actually review the footnotes and resources Levin provides for a much richer experience. If facts mean nothing to you then this book isn’t for you.

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Awesome!

Every American should read this book!
And learn how the progressives are trying to sway the perception of the public through propaganda.

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MOST IMPORTANT STORY OF THE CENTURY

Mark Levin has been a tireless Crusader against the biased, hostile media that has been deceiving and lying to the American people for decades. These disgusting, evil people are more a threat to our Republic than any foreign invading force could ever hope to do to to try to bring our country down to its knees . As Cicero once said, 'the enemy within is more to be feared than an assassin with his knife or sword." This book has been a long time coming and its importance is beyond belief, given the rampant abuse of an out of control, vitriolic, media that has long ago abdicated their responsibilities to accurately inform the American public in a non-biased, un-partisan position. These people in the media are not only Sharlitans, they are evil activists that are impacting our lives on a daily basis due to their constant dose of disinformation. This book should be required for high school seniors to read before graduation.

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The Great One

Mark is always right over the target and this book was just as good. It’s a have to read!

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A Masterpiece

The only complaint I have about this book isn't even with the book itself. I merely wish that Mr Levin had read the entire book himself. It was a terrific historical recollection of the media's previous betrayals of the People and the ways it continues today. Two thumbs up!

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Excellant book for all.

Great read and not difficult very understandable. Narrator is also very good. this book has made me feel and think. Some things are not as they appear, we should try more to ponder what we see and hear from the mass media.

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Wonderful. Thank You.

Thank you Sir.

From a former Born & Raised Saul Alyinsky, Bill Ayers raised childhood w/ a radical Chicago mother; hating and marching against everything that was against Faith, Liberty and Americanism to well, Faith, Liberty and Americanism. Trump saved my Faith, My respect and love for America and its Constitution and our Bill of Rights and you, as with others, my Faith in God; all Americans and Hope has been restored.

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