The Obama Hate Machine
The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President---and Who Is Behind Them
By Bill Press
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312641641, 320pp.)
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
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In Toxic Talk, Bill Press exposed the ways in which the extreme right-wing media has done an end run around the American voting populace by exerting a disproportionate control over open political debate. In The Obama Hate Machine, Press returns to show how the Right has taken rhetoric to slanderous new levels in attacking the nation’s forty-fourth president.
But presidents have always been attacked like this, right? Wrong. As the author shows, while presidents and presidential candidates routinely have been subject to personal attacks, the outright disdain Obama’s extremist opponents have for the facts has inspired an insidious brand of character assassination unique in contemporary politics.
Obama was born in Kenya . . . Obama sympathizes with Muslim terrorists . . . Obama is a communist who wants to institute death panels and touch off class warfare…The extent to which these unfounded assertions have taken hold in the American mindset shows just how ruthless, destructive, and all-powerful the right-wing machine—hijacked by extremists in the media and fueled by corporate coffers—has become. The author reveals how corporate interests such as the infamous Koch Brothers continue to steer political coverage away from fact-based dialogue into the realm of hysteria. Bill Press also observes this phenomenon is not limited to the airwaves and provides an “I Hate Obama Book Club” list, calling out the scores of anti-Obama tomes—and even some from the Left—that have helped drag politics even deeper into the mud.
In his characteristic on-the-mark arguments sure to appeal to anyone on the Left or in the Center, Press shows how the peculiar nature of Obama-hating subverts issue-driven debate and threatens not only the outcome of the 2012 election but the future of the American democratic system.
BILL PRESS is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Bill Press Show. He writes a syndicated column for Tribune Media Services, and is the former cohost of MSNBC’s Buchanan and Press and CNN’s Crossfire and The Spin Room.
"In a poisoned political climate, negative personal attacks on President Obama must have no place in our public discourse. In an age when sound bites too often dominate the news, Bill Press digs deeper: busting the myths, standing up for the truth and the American people."
—House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
“Press' tactics are straightforward… Liberals will love it”
“An unsettling glimpse into the unsavory side of corporate interests and an irresponsible media.”
“In a sea of anti-Obama literature, The Obama Hate Machine stands out for its clarity, honesty, and willingness to tell the truth about what has gone terribly wrong both in our politics and our media. I highly recommend it.”
“Don't call the president a Commie-death-panel-enthusiast who was born in Kenya and espouses Jihad in front of Bill Press. He'll throw actual facts back at you!”
—Ashbury Park Press
“Any collection strong in politics and issues of freedom and media representation needs this detailed analysis of a new kind of force at work in American politics!”
—Midwest Book Review