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Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth

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In Big Lies, Joe Conason rips through the ten most damaging lies perpetrated by the right wing propaganda machine. This scathing, fact-filled analysis debunks it all:

- The myth that Republicans are fiscal geniuses and champions of free enterprise.
- The right's self-proclaimed monopoly on "family values."
- The conservative smearing of liberals as unpatriotic and anti-Amer
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 15th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1st 2003)
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Andrew
Jan 02, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not done yet but here is my reaction thus far;

OK, The Right controls the media; thus in a sense America 2003 and past, and still today. I feel as if I know alll of this already minus the very intricate details, I was born and raised in Berkeley/Oakland I alrady know that how the Right contorsts almoust everything, but what I DO wana know is how we can revise the process, that is what I would wana read a book about NOT a libral version of ANN coulter (I have never read Ann Coulter), but as a
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Andrew Johnston
I probably would have given this book a better rating when I first read it in 2004. Sadly, this book - even more so than most political books - has really suffered from the passage of time. The material is well-written but it's not terribly deep, seldom going beyond what you could have seen on a blog back in the day. A breezy, somewhat interesting read ten years ago, but not worth much today.
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it liked it
A litany of right-wing lies and atrocities, featuring the usual subjects, Limbaugh, Coulter, Cheney, and of course W. Everything said is true and worth of outrage. However, this book lacks the humor and pizazz of similar books by Molly Ivins and Al Franken.
sologdin
a bit ephemeral, focused on local partisan objectives in the time it was written. it's not wrong, of course--and he gives a good beatdown to the rightwing--but he's still just a democrat. that's like sending a toy soldier to WW2.
Jim
Oct 11, 2007 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I dashed through this one, but got the feeling that I had basicalkly read all this before, especially after reading Frankel.
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I read through a couple of chapters and couldn't stop rolling my eyes. Disappointing. Not worth my trouble.
Will Byrnes
Why Bush is like Goebbels, or was it Goehring? Many details.
Kirk Bower
Very good. Excellent research and good writing. Highly recommend!
Marc
Less than substantive, very partisan. Truth nevertheless.
Molly
Oct 07, 2012 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devastating and full of information everyone should know.
Todd Johnson
Aug 23, 2007 Todd Johnson rated it liked it
Recommends it for: current events fans
Title pretty much covers it.
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Joe Conason is an award winning political journalist and author. His best-selling titles illuminate the mendacity and malice in American Politics.
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