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

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Bestselling author David Brock documents the most important political development of the last thirty years: How the Republican Right has won political power and hijacked public discourse in the United States.

Over the last several decades, the GOP has built a powerful media machine—newspapers and magazines, think tanks, talk radio networks, op-ed columnists, the FOX News Ch
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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May 20, 2014 Ray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 be
Dec 21, 2007 Ellis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Brock was actually one of the guys active in persuing the ridiculous Clinton Whitewater fiasco. He was always part of the Right, but after Whitewater he was so disgusted with himself and his party that he reassessed himself and his values and how he felt about what the right was up to. In this book he does a great job discussing the misleading done to the public by the media.
Chris Gager
Mar 10, 2015 Chris Gager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It'll be a challenge to bite my tongue here while I'm reading this. I am VERY partisan and very much anti-Republican, especially the "new" conservative, winning is everything philosophy and strategy it espouses. In the old days there wasn't as much difference between the D's and the R's. The Eisenhower-Nixon party was pretty much middle of the road and business oriented but nowadays is much further toward the nasty right wing of the Birch society. I had a Limbaugh("Rush" to him) loving co-worker ...more
May 08, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it
This book was published in 2004, prior to the Democratic Convention of that year, so Barack Obama is not on the national radar yet, and never mentioned in this book, but this account shows that we shouldn't have been surprised by his vilification at the hands of those running the right-wing media machine. The author, who became a political conservative in college and later renounced that position, presents evidence that the current manipulation and corruption of the media emerged with the adhere ...more
Will Byrnes

This is a very detailed piece on how the republican noise machine works. The primary thesis is that it is the neocons’ goal to destroy journalism as we know it, any attempt at an accurate depiction of events and their meanings, and substitute bias-only “reporting.” It presents historical information in considerable detail concerning the roots of this movement, describing its many spreading branches. I wish I had all that information on-line so I could search for unfamiliar names. There are many,
Peter Kahn
May 18, 2011 Peter Kahn rated it really liked it
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Jefferson said that "Traveling makes a man wiser, but less happy" and so does reading this book. Our media, driven by an industry and wealth based agenda fused with the ugliest side of radical right wing, fails our democracy resulting in all of us being ill informed. Hatred and racism provide the fuel and smart manipulators link this to support a corporate agenda along with a war on facts. The money funds purchasing of books to bump garbage up the best seller list and it funds "institutes" which ...more
Andrew Johnston
Sep 06, 2012 Andrew Johnston rated it really liked it
Probably the best book I've read about the liberal media myth. While most authors stick with the situation as it was at the time, Brock goes back to the roots of conservative media. The result is that this book has a timeless quality that gives it continuing relevance, even eight years later.
Nancy Kuger
Feb 17, 2010 Nancy Kuger rated it liked it
Good information, but the writing was rather dry. Logically organized and well argued, it lacks the finesse to really inspire those that could benefit most from it.
Ryan Mishap
Sep 01, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it
Read both of these in a two week period, so I’ll talk about both. The first, Blinded….is a memoir of a conservative “hitman” as Brock details his rise to neo-conservative “journalist” and subsequent disillusionment. He never gives, in my opinion, a satisfactory answer as to why a former liberal, gay man would devote his career to fronting propaganda for rich, bigoted, power-mad conservatives. His explanation starts at UC Berkeley where he finds himself upset that leftist students are shrill when ...more
Brian Ridge
Nov 28, 2010 Brian Ridge rated it really liked it
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I really can't say enough great things about this book. It's well-written, informative, engaging, and *very* relevant even today. IN short, it's a history lesson of the right-wing's 30-year campaign to move the country further and further to the right by manipulating the media to their own advantage (and creating their own where they can). But be warned... you'll never be able to hear some right-wing boob make the "liberal media" claim while keeping a straight face again. Chapter after chapter, ...more
Mark Sabol
Aug 14, 2015 Mark Sabol rated it it was amazing
Wow. Stunning and well researched. You should read this book.
Jul 11, 2007 Chick_Flick rated it liked it
While I appreciated the subject matter of the book and the in depth methods used to unveil Brock's claims, I found the book utterly boring. It was very academic and made me wonder if Brock himself wrote it, or whether he used some academic ghost writer. This is a useful book if you're looking for references ; otherwise it's pure torture for pleasure reading.
Apr 01, 2008 Clackamas marked it as perpetually-slogging-through  ·  review of another edition
I've been trying to get through this one but am feeling off politics right now. Does anyone else feel like they can't get away from this race for even a minute?

Time to reclassify to the "may never completely read" shelf.
Jan 12, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
THIS is the most depressing thing I've read all year. I keep hoping he'll get to the part about how we can fight back effectively, but not yet. I don't think I could have stood it before the election.
Lindsay Beyerstein
Oct 16, 2010 Lindsay Beyerstein rated it really liked it
It's a few years old, but worth re-reading. The first book to make me understand the concept of right wing infrastructure.
Apr 15, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy by David Brock (2005)
Doug Ebeling
Good history of the movement and Fox News' origins, but a bit more information than I needed.
Zach Burton
Sep 30, 2007 Zach Burton rated it it was ok
A non-confessional and un-enlightening waste of time.
Dec 11, 2008 Lisa is currently reading it
eye-opening...still in first few chapters
Jul 02, 2007 Cambra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: media studies homies
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David Brock is a journalist currently living in Washington, DC. He started out in professional journalism with a piece in "The Wall Street Journal", that caught the attention of John Podhoretz, who was assigned with starting a magazine for the conservative daily newspaper, "The Washington Times".

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