The Smear by Sharyl Attkisson
How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote

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The Smear provides more than enough evidence to prove that the mainstream media is totally “fake news.” Attkisson’s book begins by detailing the history of the “smear,” or the politically motivated lie, in American politics.
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Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The New York Times bestselling author of Stonewalled pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinions.

Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda; an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist, or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth, but these media-driven "hit pieces" are designed to obscure the truth. Success hinges on the Smear artist’s ability to remain invisible; to make it seem as if their work is neither calculated nor scripted. It must appear to be precisely what it is not.

Veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson has witnessed this practice firsthand. After years of being pitched hit jobs and puff pieces, she’s an expert at detecting Smear campaigns. Now, the hard-hitting investigative reporter shares her inside knowledge, revealing how the Smear takes shape and who its perpetrators are—including Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and, most influential of all, "right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin" (National Review) political operative David Brock and his Media Matters for America empire.

Attkisson exposes the diabolical tactics of Smear artists, and their outrageous access to the biggest names in political media—operatives who are corrupting the political process, and discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.

 

About Sharyl Attkisson

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Sharyl Attkisson has been a working journalist for more than thirty years. She has covered controversies under the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and is the recipient of five Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. Her work has appeared on the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, 48 Hours, and CBS This Morning. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
 
Published June 27, 2017 by Harper. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Benjamin Welton on Jul 03 2017

The Smear provides more than enough evidence to prove that the mainstream media is totally “fake news.” Attkisson’s book begins by detailing the history of the “smear,” or the politically motivated lie, in American politics.

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