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Sound & Fury: The Washington Punditocracy and the Collapse of American Politics

Alterman, Eric

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ISBN 10: 0060168749 / ISBN 13: 9780060168742
Published by HarperCollins, New York, 1992
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the half-title page: "Eric Alterman." The book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped; some age-darkening to the top page edges. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $23.00); the red lettering on the spine has faded to a tan color. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003153

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Title: Sound & Fury: The Washington Punditocracy ...

Publisher: HarperCollins, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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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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