The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President---and Who Is Behind Them
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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.
president: “Abraham Lincoln is a man above the medium height. He passes the six foot mark by an inch or two. He is raw-boned, shamble-gaited, bow-legged, knock-kneed, pigeon-toed, slob-sided, a shapeless skeleton in a very tough, very dirty, unwholesome skin.… His lips protrude beyond the natural level of the face, but are pale and smeared with tobacco juice. His teeth are filthy.” Gen. George B. McClellan, Lincoln’s chosen head of the Army of the Potomac and later his opponent in 1864, didn’t
women, including a Little Rock torch singer named Gennifer Flowers. With the prodding of Atwater’s agents, plus the enticement of a check for $150,000 from the tabloid newspaper the Star, Flowers popped up on the national scene just before Clinton was widely expected to win the New Hampshire primary. She claimed that she and the governor of Arkansas had conducted a twelve-year-long love affair. A few days later, she followed up with edited audiotapes of telephone conversations with Clinton she’d
would unseat the increasingly unpopular George W. Bush. Then came the Swift Boat lies, Kerry’s failure to respond quickly and strongly enough, and a close loss in November which ended up being decided by the swing state of Ohio. Only one ray of light shone through for Democrats that year: the discovery of a young and dynamic Senate candidate from Illinois named Barack Obama. Four years earlier, this young lawyer was fresh off a primary defeat against Congressman Bobby Rush, and he could not even
political tradition since the beginning. Vice President Thomas Jefferson, you remember, even hired his own publisher to undermine President John Adams. And each president since has seen a handful of critical books about him. It goes with the territory. And it should. But, as with all the other arms of the Obama Hate Machine, the hate Obama literature differs both in quantity and intensity. It’s not a handful; it’s an avalanche. It’s not thoughtful political dissent; it’s a wave of ugly personal
Pelosi wore Nazi insignia on her sleeve)—and is dedicated to his kids. And it tells the story of how underhanded liberals stole an election in the Great Elf Council, kicked out Santa Claus, and replaced him with a skinny imposter who wasn’t even born at the North Pole and can’t even give a speech without a teleprompter. Oh, and did I mention he’s black? Liberal Claus forces all elves to join a union and decrees that from now on they make only little “red” train cars. You can figure out the rest.