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Arrogance : rescuing America from the media elite
Goldberg, Bernard, 1945-
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New York : Warner Books, [2003]

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310 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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The #1 NewYork Times bestselling author of Bias exposes the culture of narrow-minded elitism in the media-and reveals what must be done to change it. In December of 2001, Emmy Award-winning journalist Bernard Goldberg charged the mainstream media with slanting the news and created a firestorm with his controversial bestseller Bias. Now Goldberg goes beyond identifying the media's partiality and explains how the slanting of the news is all but inevitable in the current climate-and why the media's stars continue to deny the industry's condition. In this fascinating report, Goldberg lays out his rallying cry, unafraid to name names, and prescribes the difficult remedies that

Author Notes

Bernard Goldberg was born in New York City on May 31, 1945 and has been involved in producing the news in some form since he began his career. He started out as a writer and editor for The Associated Press in New York in 1967. In 1969, Goldberg became a producer and writer for WTVJ-TV in Miami until 1970 when he switched to WPLG-TV as an investigative reporter for two years. He joined CBS in 1972 and worked there for 28 years. While at CBS, he won six Emmy Awards and an Ohio State Award for an Eye to Eye report on the decline of civilization in the last 30 years. He is currently a commentator for Fox News and a correspondent for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He won three Emmy Awards and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for his work on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

He has written numerous books including Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News; Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite; Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right: How One Side Lost Its Mind and the Other Lost Its Nerve; and A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Most people who hit the top of the bestseller lists with their first book would enjoy their success, but Goldberg (Bias) would rather grouse about how little media attention he got and how even his new publisher (he was previously with Regnery) doesn't understand why liberal bias in journalism is a "crucial" issue. His analysis of the media's "leftward" slant in coverage of social issues, buttressed by his own experiences as a CBS News correspondent and tales from anonymous colleagues, is not without its persuasive qualities, though undermined by rather obvious deck-stacking, condescension toward opposing viewpoints and intermittent outrageousness. He also drops hints about how news organizations bully interviewees to eliminate anything that might contradict what they broadcast an act of arrogance transcending ideological lines but quickly drops that story in favor of more liberal-bashing. And despite his admonition to media professionals to "stop taking [criticism] personally," Goldberg repeatedly makes it personal, taking shots at Barbara Walters, for example, or accusing New York Times columnist Frank Rich of attacking him as a favor to a college classmate. That's only a fraction of his complaints against what he sees as the paper of record's ideological stance, which he considers both far more pervasive and more important than the Jayson Blair scandal. (Nor, he says, is it a new problem, recycling criticisms of Stalin-era Moscow correspondent Walter Duranty that have recently gained favor among mainstream analysts.) Goldberg isn't just a lone voice in the wilderness, either, as interviews with Bob Costas and Tim Russert offer supporting perspectives. Still, this is pure, unadulterated Goldberg, with precisely the same combination of insider knowledge and righteous indignation that made him a hit the first time around. Expect robust sales. (Nov.) Forecast: The publisher has announced a first printing of 325,000 copies and plans to run radio ads in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago and print ads in most major papers and book review journals. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In the best-selling Bias, Goldberg decried the way U.S. media slant the news. Here, he reputedly names names and offers solutions. At least he has an insider's perspective: he was a CBS correspondent for nearly 30 years. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
A (Very) Few Minutes with Andy Rooneyp. 21
File It Under "H"p. 31
Mauling the Messengerp. 34
One Cheer for Honesty!p. 49
Root Causesp. 52
A Conversation with Tim Russertp. 78
Barbara Walters, Guardian of Standardsp. 86
A (Black and White) Hollywood Endingp. 87
Pass the Mashed Potatoes, Pleasep. 100
What Liberal Media?p. 124
Who Stole Journalism?p. 127
And the Nobel Prize for Hillary-Gushing Goes To ...p. 146
Speaking of Sports and a Lot More with Bob Costasp. 152
What Liberal Media? Part 2p. 163
Original Sinp. 165
And Now, the Rest of the Story ...p. 185
What Liberal Media? Part 3p. 197
Actually, I Don't Have an Opinion on Thatp. 200
You Can't Make This Stuff Upp. 208
Welcome to the Gulagp. 209
That's Entertainment!p. 218
Liberal Bias? Never Mind!p. 221
Quagmire!p. 227
Twelve Stepsp. 237
Step 1 Face Up to the Problemp. 238
Step 2 Lose the Enablersp. 241
Step 3 A Newsroom That Thinks Like Americap. 248
Step 4 No More Balkansp. 252
Step 5 Teach the Children Wellp. 254
Step 6 Stop Following the Leaderp. 258
Step 7 Don't Stack the Deckp. 261
Step 8 Tell the Whole Storyp. 266
Step 9 Don't Confuse Journalist with Activistp. 272
Step 10 Make Bias a Punishable Offensep. 276
Step 11 Expand Your Rolodexp. 280
Step 12 Stop Taking It Personallyp. 295
A Final Wordp. 296
Indexp. 301