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Sound and Fury : The Washing Ton Punditoracy and the Cllapse of American Politics [satire, survey of American Politics and History, pundits]


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ISBN 10: 0060168749 / ISBN 13: 9780060168742
Published by Harper Collins 1982 / First Edition, USED / Some Notes and Marks, 1982
Condition: Good Clean Cond. Hardcover

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Title: Sound and Fury : The Washing Ton Punditoracy...

Publisher: Harper Collins 1982 / First Edition, USED / Some Notes and Marks

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hard Back

Illustrator: Dust Cover Illustrated

Book Condition:Good Clean Cond.

Dust Jacket Condition: Yes / Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Book Type: America / American Life

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An examination of the increasing influence of journalistic pundits on the American political system offers an historical overview of punditry, from Walter Lippman to the pundits at work in the Bush era. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

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An elite group of self-declared experts has seized power over the political life of the United States. Is it the Best and the Brightest? The CIA? No, argues Eric Alterman in his first book, a scathing, humor-filled expose: it is the "punditocracy"--the media commentators who intimidate politicians and mislead the public they ostensibly keep informed. After several background chapters focusing on Ur-pundit Walter Lippmann, Alterman beams his searchlight on "The Reagan Punditocacy." In particular he assails syndicated columnist and TV commentator George Will and TV roundtable host John McLaughlin for derelictions of journalistic duty and ethics. Alterman also scrutinizes the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic and the TV news shows, dishing up juicy tidbits of behind-the-scenes gossip spiced with indignation. The final third of the book analyzes pundits' relationships with the Bush administration, focusing on what Alterman contends was their propagandizing for the Gulf War. Successful both as political history and as media criticism, this work deserves a wider audience than the political news junkies it is sure to attract.
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