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All the Truth Is Out by Matt Bai
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it was amazing

All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai is a fascinating read. The book focuses on Gary Hart’s public scandal, which became a precedent for future political representatives having their lives on display for the public. Having Hart’s personal life and public persona both come under scrutiny by the media and, in turn, the American public, offered a hybridization of entertainment, news, and solicitous intrigue. Today, we have TMZ and everyday citizens tweeting pictures and locations of political leaders, ignoring the line of public versus private. The Gary Hart scandal helped make this transition possible.

In today’s society, the everyday citizen can simply take out their phone and Google someone. If there has ever been a scandalous moment in that person’s life, the documentation will be easily accessible, making it impossible for an issue to simply be forgotten.The Gary Hart scandal was the turning point for combining public and private lives. Hart gave the media the challenge to find anything troublesome about his life. Unfortunately, for him, they met that challenge. As Matt Bai noted, up until this point in time, a politician’s personal life was left alone by the media. Journalists cited their families, friends, causes, and simple things of that nature, but never crossed the invisible line of actively investigating their intimate moments.

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Reading Progress

January 1, 2016 – Started Reading
January 1, 2016 – Finished Reading
January 31, 2016 – Shelved

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