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The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts…

av David Brock

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InThe Republican Noise Machine, David Brock skillfully documents perhaps the most important but least understood political development of the last thirty years: how the Republican Right has won political power and hijacked public discourse in the United States. Brock, a former right-wing insider and the author of the New York Times bestsellerBlinded by the Right, uses his keen understanding of the strategies, tactics, financing, and personalities of the American right wing to demonstrate how the once-fringe phenomenon of right-wing media has all but subsumed the regular media conversation, shaped the national consciousness, and turned American politics sharply to the right. Brock documents how in the last several decades the GOP built a powerful media machine--newspapers and magazines, think tanks, talk radio networks, op-ed columnists, the FOX News Channel, Christian Right broadcasting, book publishers, and high-traffic internet sites--to sell conservatism to the public and discredit its opponents. This unabashedly biased multibillion-dollar communications empire disregards journalistic ethics and universal standards of fairness and accuracy, manufacturing "news" that is often bought and paid for by a tight network of corporate-backed foundations and old family fortunes. By dissecting the appeal, techniques, and reach of the booming right-wing media market, Brock demonstrates that it is largely based on bigotry, ignorance, and emotional manipulation closely tied to America’s longstanding cultural divisions and the buying power of anti-intellectual traditionalists. From the disputed 2000 presidential election to the war with Iraq to the political battles of 2004, Brock's penetrating analysis of right-wing media theories and methodology reveals that the Republican Right views the media as an extension of a broader struggle for political power. By tracing the political impact of right-wing media, Brock shows how disproportionate conservative influence in the media is integrally linked to the Republican Right’s current domination of all three branches of government, to the propping up of the Bush administration, and to the inability of Democrats to voice their opposition to this political sea change or to compete on an even playing field. As only an ex-conservative intimately familiar with the imperatives of the American right wing could, David Brock suggests ways in which concerned Americans can begin to redress the conservative ascendancy and cut through the propagandistic fog. Writing with verve and deep insight, he reaches far beyond typical bromides about media bias to produce an invaluable account of the rise of right-wing media and its political consequences. Promising to be the political book of the year,The Republican Noise Machinewill transform the raging yet heretofore unsatisfying debate over the politics of the media for years to come.… (mer)
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A few years ago, I had read Bernard Goldberg's books "Bias", and "Arrogance", both of which were critical of the liberal bias of mainstream media. And Goldberg's books and examples were absolutely convincing.
Today, I just completed David Brock's "The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy" which takes the opposite view, and is critical of the conservative bias of most talk radio and TV cable shows. He shows how the conservative media, which he had previously been part of, have intimidated members of the mainstream, and in order to not appear biased, have moved the political center much more to the right. His book and examples, like Goldberg's, were also very convincing.
The take from this is, like beauty, bias is in the eyes of the beholder. Brock gives many examples of what was mis-classified as liberal bias in his book. In his examples, it's difficult to see how rational people would consider those examples to have been classified as being biased toward the left. He also presented many cases of how some conservative broadcasters or writers clearly did (or do) present a biased message.
But few people, even political independents, are truly (conceptually) standing on the 50-yard line of the political field, where they can see half the field to their left, and half the field to their right. Many may "believe" they're centered, but in reality, may well be at the 10 or 20-yard line on either end of the playing field, and therefore see only a minority supporting their views, and a large majority seemingly against their views. One thing both the Goldberg books and the Brock book makes clear: if you're looking for bias in a book or broadcast, you'll probably find it.
The down side of Brock's book, to me, was that in trying to drive his point home, he over did it. Give ten good examples, and you start to understand his point. Give ten more and then ten more and then ten more, and you really understand his message. But adding hundreds more examples only becomes mind-numbing. So, to be honest, I fast forwarded through the second half of the book, and don't believe I missed much.
The unfortunate lesson to me, and perhaps to others, will be that you need to take everything you hear on cable news, and see on the internet, with a grain of salt. Much of what is presented may be only part of the story, or a carefully selected group of favorable "facts". If you really want to gain a good understanding of the subject being discussed, critical thinking is a must. Do your homework and review several sources, perhaps even from other perspectives, before you become certain of your position.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
The author wasn't just an insider in the Republican noise machine he critiques, but he was a major player, one of the chief attackers of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings. To make amends, though, he has written a brilliant book that takes the reader back to when Goldwater lost in a landslide and the Republican Party vowed to take over the media and did so by using classic propaganda techniques pioneered by Edward Bernays. One of their first moves was to brand the network news media as "liberal" though without ever having produced a study to support their findings other than a book that made bogus claims. Yet the networks fell for it, as did the public, and it has brought us to where we are now, with degraded news media. ( )
  dcvance | May 4, 2021 |
This book, published in 2004, is a history of right-wing "fake news" written long before Donald Trump started calling legitimate news, "Fake News." The roles of Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh in pushing out right-wing propaganda is discussed in detail. Also, covered is the failiure of liberals to find effective ways to use print, radio and television to promoter their own political positions. ( )
  MrDickie | Oct 2, 2019 |
Another book from the right-wing hatchet man turned repentent left-wing author (whatever happened to him anyway?). Try as I might, I just can't find his books that enjoyable. The analysis tends to be superficial, and so does the writing. ( )
  Devil_llama | May 9, 2011 |
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InThe Republican Noise Machine, David Brock skillfully documents perhaps the most important but least understood political development of the last thirty years: how the Republican Right has won political power and hijacked public discourse in the United States. Brock, a former right-wing insider and the author of the New York Times bestsellerBlinded by the Right, uses his keen understanding of the strategies, tactics, financing, and personalities of the American right wing to demonstrate how the once-fringe phenomenon of right-wing media has all but subsumed the regular media conversation, shaped the national consciousness, and turned American politics sharply to the right. Brock documents how in the last several decades the GOP built a powerful media machine--newspapers and magazines, think tanks, talk radio networks, op-ed columnists, the FOX News Channel, Christian Right broadcasting, book publishers, and high-traffic internet sites--to sell conservatism to the public and discredit its opponents. This unabashedly biased multibillion-dollar communications empire disregards journalistic ethics and universal standards of fairness and accuracy, manufacturing "news" that is often bought and paid for by a tight network of corporate-backed foundations and old family fortunes. By dissecting the appeal, techniques, and reach of the booming right-wing media market, Brock demonstrates that it is largely based on bigotry, ignorance, and emotional manipulation closely tied to America’s longstanding cultural divisions and the buying power of anti-intellectual traditionalists. From the disputed 2000 presidential election to the war with Iraq to the political battles of 2004, Brock's penetrating analysis of right-wing media theories and methodology reveals that the Republican Right views the media as an extension of a broader struggle for political power. By tracing the political impact of right-wing media, Brock shows how disproportionate conservative influence in the media is integrally linked to the Republican Right’s current domination of all three branches of government, to the propping up of the Bush administration, and to the inability of Democrats to voice their opposition to this political sea change or to compete on an even playing field. As only an ex-conservative intimately familiar with the imperatives of the American right wing could, David Brock suggests ways in which concerned Americans can begin to redress the conservative ascendancy and cut through the propagandistic fog. Writing with verve and deep insight, he reaches far beyond typical bromides about media bias to produce an invaluable account of the rise of right-wing media and its political consequences. Promising to be the political book of the year,The Republican Noise Machinewill transform the raging yet heretofore unsatisfying debate over the politics of the media for years to come.

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