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New York Times Refuses to Review Conservative Books (Top sellers on its own list totally ignored)
Human Events ^ | 8/15/2009 | Christian Toto

Posted on 08/15/2009 7:27:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The New York Times is generally loathe to dignify conservative-leaning books with an official review.

That stance is getting dicier these days, especially since the newspaper’s own nonfiction bestseller chart is chockablock with conservatives luminaries like Michelle Malkin, Dick Morris and Mark Levin.

President Barack Obama has only been in office for roughly eight months, but he’s already inspired multiple conservative bestsellers.

Malkin’s Culture of Corruption sits atop the list, followed by Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny in the two slot and Catastrophe by Morris and Eileen McGann at number four.

Marji Ross, president and publisher of Regnery Publishing, isn’t surprised by the newspaper’s stance against these like-minded books.

“Very rarely do they review conservative books,” Ross says. “What they sometimes do is mention a book that is conservative on their “Inside the List” feature. It’s a way to defend themselves against the accusation they ignore these books.”

The New York Times did see fit to print reviews of major liberal books from Michael Moore (Dude, Where's My Country?), Eric Alterman (What Liberal Media?) and Al Franken (Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) but has yet to examine the aforementioned right-leaning bestsellers.

Having one’s book reviewed in The New York Times meant something up until recently.

“Traditionally, most publishers and authors are very eager to get in the New York Times to review their books,” Ross says.

Now, readers take their cues from talk radio and the Internet.

“People tend to trust what they hear on talk radio rather than what they might read in the New York Times,” she says. “They develop a relationship with a talk radio show and what the host likes and is interested in.”

The runaway success of Malkin’s book is opening media doors that once seemed closed. The author recently appeared on the far-left talk show “The View” as well as “The Today Show.”

“They wouldn’t have been interested in her at all if not for the huge surge of interest in the book,” she says, adding Matt Lauer on the “Today Show” barely kept himself in check while allowing Malkin to expound on her book’s arguments.

Ross doesn’t fear left-leaning interviewers tearing into Regnery authors.

“Our authors are almost always folks who can hold their own in a debate. They can defend their point of view in hostile territory,” she says.

Roger Kimball, publisher of Encounter Books and author of Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education, says his company stopped sending its books to the New York Times last year. The paper rarely analyzed its product, and the few times it did the reviewer trashed the tomes in an ugly fashion.

Yet the newspaper saw fit to call What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News by The Nation’s Eric Alterman “impressively researched and documented.”

“The Times has always been a liberal newspaper, and that’s fine,” Kimball says. “Increasingly, it’s a paper whose entire coverage has been determined by ideological litmus tests.”

Book readers seem to care less and less about what the newspaper thinks of a particular book, he says.

“You can do very well without the imprimatur of the New York Times,” he says. “The dirty little secret is that the Times doesn’t matter anymore, or it matters less and less. Many other outlets beat the Times to the stories and provide much fuller coverage.”

A chapter in Harry Stein’s new book, I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next to a Republican, is dedicated to the culture wars flaring within the publishing industry. Republican recalls how mainstream publishing houses turned down future smashes like Bernard Goldberg’s Bias simply because they couldn’t relate to its themes -- or preferred not to even try.

Kimball says the recent surge in conservative book sales means people are starting to realize the full extent of “Hope and Change.”

“The relationship between the individual and the state is up for re-negotiation in this country,“ he says.

President Obama promised a fundamental transformation of this country, he says, which presently stands as the wealthiest, most militarily powerful and freest country on the globe.

“Which of those things would you like to change?” he asks.

“That burgeoning awareness accounts for the popularity of these books,” he adds. “The grassroots concern and irritation you see at town hall meetings across the country, the spontaneous eruptions from ordinary citizens -- our very basic freedoms are being negotiated away.”

Ross agrees, saying the tidal wave of conservative best sellers reveals “a hunger in the marketplace for books reflecting what the majority of Americans are worried about,” she says, a movement that isn’t solely conservative in nature.

“They feel they have no voice in Washington, no voice in the political power structure, and they’re looking for an alternative,” she says.

-- Christian Toto is a freelance entertainment writer and contributing film critic for The Washington Times. His work has appeared in People magazine, MovieMaker Magazine, The Denver Post, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and Scripps Howard News Service. He also provides movie radio commentary to three stations as well as the nationally syndicated Dennis Miller Show.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bookreview; catastrophe; conservatism; conservative; cultureofcorruption; culturewars; dickmorris; liberalmedia; libertyandtyranny; malkin; marklevin; newsblackout; newspapers; newyorktimes; nyt; partisanmedia; publishing; snub

1 posted on 08/15/2009 7:27:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

““They feel they have no voice in Washington, no voice in the political power structure,...”

....and no voice in the MSM.


2 posted on 08/15/2009 7:32:03 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: SeekAndFind
Having one’s book reviewed in The New York Times meant something up until recently.

LOL - The New York Times isn't what it once was... now they "suck more"...

3 posted on 08/15/2009 7:33:02 AM PDT by GOPJ ("Fishy rumors posters" Check 'em out:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2311664/posts)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t matter. TThe soon to be padlocked and boarded up NYTs, is no longer part of the “Mainstream”, just a fetid cesspool of Liberal Socialist Loserism.


4 posted on 08/15/2009 7:33:30 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: SeekAndFind

““They feel they have no voice in Washington, no voice in the political power structure,...”

....and no voice in the MSM....and that’s the way the Left wants to keep it....look for Limbaugh to be silenced within the year...ditto with Glen Beck.


5 posted on 08/15/2009 7:33:47 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: SeekAndFind

If the New York Times isn’t publishing reviews on conservative books I certainly wouldn’t know it because I do not read the New York Times.

Seems fair.

I think I have found common cause with my tree hugging friends; destroying trees in order to manufacture newsprint to be used to publish the New York Times is bad for the environment. They should do us a favor and fall upon their sword.

Imagine generations hence trying to explain what was meant by the phrase “New York Times Bestseller”.


6 posted on 08/15/2009 7:34:57 AM PDT by turfmann
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To: SeekAndFind

They probably try to but just can’t find anyone who would consent to actually read such a book.


7 posted on 08/15/2009 7:37:15 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: SeekAndFind

They should interview Adrian Zachheim.


8 posted on 08/15/2009 7:37:48 AM PDT by drubyfive
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To: SeekAndFind
Why would anyone care about what the NYT does..The only reason they are still in business is the funds that Soro’s has given them just like the rest of the silly liberal so called news papers..Look at the networks all but FOX going down the tubes..No one cares what the Times has to say..
9 posted on 08/15/2009 7:40:21 AM PDT by PLD
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To: SeekAndFind

I am a non-intellectual conservative, can you please tell me what a New York Times is. Maybe when I get edumicated I can read it for my daily laugh.


10 posted on 08/15/2009 7:41:41 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (go to you tube @see screw the state of n.j.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dick Morris s not a conservative luminary


11 posted on 08/15/2009 7:41:50 AM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: drubyfive

I wonder how protective the Times is of Hillary Clinton. Andrew Zackheim is publisher of The Sentinel, a conservative imprint within Penguin. There, he published The Truth About Hillary, a controversial biography about the current secretary of state who seems to be on the verge of a breakdown.


12 posted on 08/15/2009 7:41:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: GeronL
Dick Morris s not a conservative luminary

Yes, but he and his wife are major critics of Obama and his policies. That makes him "conservative" by default in the eyes of the NY Times Book Review editors.
13 posted on 08/15/2009 7:43:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: STONEWALLS

Formerly MSM. Now more properly identified as State Run Media (SRM).


14 posted on 08/15/2009 7:44:09 AM PDT by Ronin (Nemo me impune lacesset)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who cares? The books are already selling and it isn’t as if the NY Times would give a conservative book a fair review in any event.


15 posted on 08/15/2009 7:44:52 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: SeekAndFind

I think she has been broken down for years from the way she looks & sounds.


16 posted on 08/15/2009 7:46:24 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (go to you tube @see screw the state of n.j.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“President Obama promised a fundamental transformation of this country, he says, which presently stands as the wealthiest, most militarily powerful and freest country on the globe.

“Which of those things would you like to change?” he asks.”

Indeed!


17 posted on 08/15/2009 7:46:44 AM PDT by rwa265 (Christ my Cornerstone)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Patriot's History" got a very brief review within a review of "new conservative histories" from the Slimes. WaPo did a small hit on "48 Liberal Lies." USA Today mentioned "America's Victories" back in 2006 as part of a look at the literary "war on terror."

Actually, I'm not bothered at all that they don't review (i.e., attack) my book. What's the point? Will I gain a SINGLE NEW READER by them reviewing my book? Would I lose any? No and no.

18 posted on 08/15/2009 7:46:51 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: SeekAndFind

Levin was at the top for weeks!


19 posted on 08/15/2009 7:53:25 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Morris has seen the light.


20 posted on 08/15/2009 7:54:02 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: b4its2late

Morris is like a lot of the other pieces of trash-—he goes where his ego & the money take him.


21 posted on 08/15/2009 8:04:42 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (go to you tube @see screw the state of n.j.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The public has spoken.

We could ask, "Who needs a review from the New York Times?"

22 posted on 08/15/2009 8:23:33 AM PDT by GVnana (Sarah for America)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t read the times because it has absolutely no credibility at all.


23 posted on 08/15/2009 8:26:07 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: LS

LS, all you need is for Rush to say you have a new book out. A lot better that NYT or WaPo saying anything.

I have to get Patriot’s History back for my brother, lent it last year, haven’t gotten yet. Guess he likes it.


24 posted on 08/15/2009 8:42:14 AM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123)
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To: SeekAndFind
"The New York Times did see fit to print reviews of major liberal books from Michael Moore (Dude, Where's My Country?), Eric Alterman (What Liberal Media?) and Al Franken (Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) but has yet to examine the aforementioned right-leaning bestsellers.

There goes the NYT excuse that the conservative books "lack intellectual heft." Moore, Alterman and Franken are pure sap. Comic books without the art.

25 posted on 08/15/2009 9:03:58 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: SeekAndFind
"The New York Times did see fit to print reviews of major liberal books from Michael Moore (Dude, Where's My Country?), Eric Alterman (What Liberal Media?) and Al Franken (Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) but has yet to examine the aforementioned right-leaning bestsellers.

There goes the NYT excuse that the conservative books "lack intellectual heft." Moore, Alterman and Franken are pure sap. Comic books without the art.

26 posted on 08/15/2009 9:04:10 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: turfmann

Authors of conservative books should insist on their contracts that “New York Times Bestseller” and such-like phrases NOT BE USED on the covers of nor advertising for their books.


27 posted on 08/15/2009 9:07:27 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: SeekAndFind

Aren’t there any other Listings of Bestsellers??


28 posted on 08/15/2009 9:09:09 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: LS
Actually, I'm not bothered at all that they don't review (i.e., attack) my book.

What's the title of your book and where is it sold ? People in this forum might be interested in reading it.
29 posted on 08/15/2009 9:12:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: cookcounty
Aren’t there any other Listings of Bestsellers??

See BARNES AND NOBLE for a list of top best sellers in the subject of Politics.

IMHO, it closely mirrors the NY Times list. Notice that Michelle Malkin's book is #1. Glen Beck's book --- COMMON SENSE -- is at #4. The book written by Dick Morris and his wife is at #7.

OTOH, Saul Alinsky's book -- RULES FOR RADICALS stands at #13. Al Gore's book made it to #20.
30 posted on 08/15/2009 9:19:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: cookcounty
Here is AMAZON's TOP 25 BOOKS (all categories)

Glen Beck is #5
Michelle Malkin is #7
Mark Levin is at #17 ( after several weeks at #1 )
Dick Morris and Wife is at #24
31 posted on 08/15/2009 9:23:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

That paper is a farce. It needs to be mocked even more openly amongst conservatives and Republican officials. The media needs to answer for their leftist, agenda driven propaganda. They are no friends to freedom of the press and are corrupt to the core. They deserve not even the appearance of legitimacy. The voices need to get louder and openly challenge them.


32 posted on 08/15/2009 9:40:19 AM PDT by bushfamfan (United States of America: July 4, 1776-November 4, 2008)
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To: bushfamfan

It may be a farce but at least the Sunday edition is $6.00.


33 posted on 08/15/2009 11:19:43 AM PDT by Jacquerie (We live in a Judicial Tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, there is

A Patriot's History of the United States (2004)

America's Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars (2006)

48 Liberal Lies About American History (2008)

And next month, American Entrepreneur is released.

You can find any and all, plus my two novels, Halsey's Bluff and September Day, on Amazon and most bookstores carry Patriot's History or 48, though AV is out of print.

34 posted on 08/15/2009 11:22:40 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Springman
Well, of course. In 2004, Rush interviewed me for the "Limbaugh Letter" about Patriot's History, but he left for Afghanistan the next day, and when he came home it was nothing but Terry Schaivo, and as a result, the book never got mentioned on air.

In 2006, guest host on Rush, Tom Sullivan, had me on for 1/2 hour with America's Victories, and it shot up to #30 on Amazon.

Most recently, Rush didn't discuss 48 Liberal Lies, but I was on almost every other radio show, not to mention Hannity, twice, and "Fox and Friends" perhaps a dozen times. That really helped.

35 posted on 08/15/2009 11:25:16 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: SeekAndFind

The readership now of THE TIMES is now being reduced to elite, effete liberals who who hemmed in by illegals, Reagan Dems, and Indies who no longer kow tow to the leftist screeds that have dominated the Times for decades. Who cares what they review or read? The public does not depend on The Times to tell them what books or plays or films to see and watch. There is more news on the Net in one day that covers all fields of endeavor and ideologies , so why bother with the 1930’s type socialists at the Times?


36 posted on 08/15/2009 11:44:02 AM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve said it before, Why don’t we create our own Conservative entertainment? Why do we have to keep relying on the Liberal newspapers, magazines, authors, book reviewers, musicians, movies, etc etc etc, for our entertaiment? The Liberals have done it - they’ve created an empire - an octopus with many tentacles - that is strangling society. Why can’t we create our own entertainment??!! Why do we have to keep relying on the Liberals in order to be “validated”? Wah, they won’t review the Conservative books! Well, duh! It’s THEIR world. Why don’t we just create our own?


37 posted on 08/15/2009 12:30:26 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp; LS; Travis McGee

There is plenty of conservative talent and product. The problem is distribution. Our own FReepers LS and Travis McGee could probably add more more insight into this aspect of the problem.

I very often end up buying self-published books. I have noticed that they are usually more expensive than mass-market publishers. Possibly because they don’t have the volume to get breaks on the costs?

Years and years ago, way before FNC, there were several attempts at conservative news and talk shows on TV. I don’t even recall what channels they were on, perhaps the original Learning Channel? They were, for the most part, boring, amateurish and preachy (IMO), with the exception of Newt’s lecture series on American History. Once FNC came along, the same personalities and the same topics were suddenly entertaining and informative. Presentation is vital and our media would have to appeal to the undecided, moderates and even the conservative Democrats to be viable. FNC has done that.

I don’t want to see intellectual apartheid. I want to see vital conservative content that captivates everyone from all sides of the spectrum. I think all the conservative authors on the NYT Best Seller list have done that. I think Travis and LS have done that in their respective genres, as well. It was probably most difficult for LS to survive and succeed in the textbook market, which is highly politicized.
Travis spins a great yarn and the ideology is believable and acceptable in context. Perhaps he can tell us why he decided to self-publish. Seems to me his books could compete head-to-head with any thriller/post-apocalyptic/survivalist/dystopian novel out there.


38 posted on 08/15/2009 2:07:11 PM PDT by reformedliberal (Are we at high crimes or misdemeanors, yet?)
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To: LS

IIRC, it was the “Limbaugh Letter” that I heard about your book. Not sure if I knew if you were a FReeper then.

That interview is in the book I “lent” to my brother.

BTW, thought it was 2005? Well that’s when I bought it.


39 posted on 08/15/2009 3:05:46 PM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123)
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To: SeekAndFind

The New York What?


40 posted on 08/15/2009 3:13:29 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Springman

It came out in 2004, then the paperback with the Limbaugh Letter interview in it was released in 2006. It’s only the second time Rush has let someone reprint one of his interviews.


41 posted on 08/15/2009 3:46:55 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: reformedliberal
Thanks for the compliments. Actually, though, PHUSA is not a "textbook," in that Mike Allen and I deliberately side-stepped the textbook market for the reasons you mention. We decided to go straight to the trade market, because it's common these days for professors or teachers who want a book to use it whether it's a "textbook" or not.

It HAS been adopted at over a dozen major colleges and universities by individual professors, as has my other book, "Entrepreneurial Adventure." Among the places that use one or the other are Purdue, Hawaii, U. of Utah, Utah State, SMU, Penn State, Chapman U., Southern Ill. U., and Hillsdale, and dozens of community colleges and religious schools, as well, of course, as U. of Washington and U. of Dayton.

42 posted on 08/15/2009 3:50:44 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: GeronL
Dick Morris s not a conservative luminary

Yeah, that jumped out at me too. I have a bit of respect for him in his post-Clinton writings, but only just a bit.

43 posted on 08/15/2009 4:13:55 PM PDT by altair (I think they misspelled "Clinton lackey gone bad")
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To: reformedliberal
I don’t want to see intellectual apartheid.

I'm not envisioning apartheid. I'm envisioning a blanketing of the country with Conservative entertainment, in exactly the same way that we are now saturated with Liberal entertainment.

I think the problem is that there aren't enough Conservatives to even get something like this started. Andrew Breitbart started it, to some degree, with his Big Hollywood section. And I give him credit for that. But there aren't a whole lot of writers writing for that. There must be a fear of outing themselves as Conservatives.

What ever happened to our society, that was once predominantly Conservative, with Liberals on the fringes? Now it's exactly flipped around. And STILL the Liberals are complaining because society is not 100% Liberal. Now the Liberals in our society are calling the Conservatives Nazis and racists. Society has been turned on its ear.

44 posted on 08/15/2009 9:03:42 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

If the market demands something, it is produced. Perhaps this is a tipping point. I don’t really know, of course. However, this latest round of progressive overreach might just do the job for us.

As to what happened: the progressives took control of media and education. They define everything. A majority either accepts or doesn’t question.

Hollywood and the networks have to bore everyone senseless or be seen as propagandists by a majority so that they will be ignored before anything else can find the space to be produced.

I don’t think it will happen or, at least, not in the near future. A balance would be nice, I agree.


45 posted on 08/16/2009 5:51:36 AM PDT by reformedliberal (Are we at high crimes or misdemeanors, yet?)
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