Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants by James Wolcott
The Looting of the News In a Time of Terror

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They are coddled and well-groomed. They chase after the latest scandal and then run around in crazy circles, using the TV studio as their show ring and wee-wee pad. There is no controversy they can't trivialize, no issue they can't vulgarize. They obey their political masters and betray the trust of the audience with every bark. They're the attack poodles-a new breed of celebrity pundit. Wisecracking and impassioned, Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants laces into an all-star cast of blowhard egotists who pound our eardrums and insult our intelligence: Bill O'Reilly, Joe Scarborough, Peggy Noonan, Dennis Miller, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson. But it also delves below the surface squall of infotainment to show how attack poodles function as pets of the Republican party, guard dogs for George Bush, and tail-waggers for war. In the iconoclastic spirit of Michael Moore's Stupid White Men, Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, and Molly Ivins' Bushwhacked, Attack Poodles makes serious fun of the pack mentality that has taken over politics and the press in this country and urges us to rip off our blindfolds before it's too late.
 

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Published August 25, 2004 by Miramax. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, History. Non-fiction

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While conducting a wicked knife job on Peggy Noonan (“God loves America, America loves God, America loves itself, Bush loves God and America, and Noonan loves God and America and Bush”) and the sad case of comic scallywag turned “hipster-daddy superpatriot” Dennis Miller, Wolcott encourages an ac...

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Beneath Wolcott's humor and catchy prose, however, lurk some dark revelations, such as a Fox news staffer's claim that he and his colleagues are instructed to seek out stories that "cater to angry, middle-aged white men who listen to talk-radio and yell at their televisions."

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Wolcott, Vanity Fair's stylish pop-culture critic, sees President Bush conducting a "Tony Soprano foreign policy that fingers which dirtbag we're going to whack next."

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