The Smear: How the Secret Art of Character Assassination Controls What You Think, What You Read, and How You Vote
Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The New York Times bestselling 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,...more
To sum up the book Hilary Clinton is the head of a liberal conspiracy hell bent on enriching herself at our expense while crushing the GOP. The GOP has only ever smeare ...more
“One thing you can count on is that most every image that crosses your path has been put there for a reason. Nothing happens by accident. What you need to ask yourself isn’t so much Is it true, but Who wants me to believe it—and why?”
I rarely change the rating I give for a book. After reconsidering my review, I realized I had no reason to not give this book the top rating. So--now 5 stars.
In THE SMEAR, Sharyl Attkisson argues that regular folks are easy targets for false information or smear campaigns: “The public has no idea of the extent to which news is influenced by smear merchants.” This situation didn’t just happen—it’s been a long time coming: “The past two decades have served as an ideal incubator fo ...more
I really miss Bernie Sanders. ...more
I read it in two days...a real page turner. I felt years ago that mainstream news resembled The National Enquired. I'm sorry to insult that newspaper. Mainstream is worse. Thank you Sharyl for this good read. ...more
Not only a fascinating read, but also sharpens our abilities to identify potential clues regarding the veracity of the massive amo ...more
I want to read this. The reviews are good. But I find myself reading like this:
Smear blah blah blah the left. Blah blah attack. Blah bitty blah blah blah the right. Some name I'm glossing over, blahs blah the Clintons. Fox News blah bitty blah.
Literally. Like those are literally the words in my head. My eyes move left to right, drop down a line, left to right, drop, repeat. And I'm just pushing my eyes forwards and I want to pluck them out with a spork.
This may be a totally ...more
Her reportage is backed up by the wikileaks of all the DNC e-mails. While I was familiar with most of her facts, I was still surprised by how in the tank so many reporters were for Hillary. To the point where they were letting her campaign edit, and even write their articles. Additionally, these reporters who were outed now have better jobs in places like the ...more
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding the current world of the media and the internet.
The Smear continues on, and basically documents the death of jour ...more
This corruption and distortion of information from most sources is used to control and extend the power of these power brokers and their causes in order to maintain their power and to push their agendas. While people like George Soros fund media projects focused on changing how journalists report news with directed and learned talking points he is not the only one. The corruption of facts and infor ...more
Well worth reading !!!
In my October 10, 2018 Medium article "Too Many Stories", I wrote, "In an era of fake news, the real news may be that to varying degrees it’s all fake." Even so, I wasn't prepared for the revelations Attkisson offers up in this work on the art of the political smear and the degree to which the news media is complicit in political manipulation and character assassination. What she reports goes far beyond "media bias." It's full-scale engagem ...more