Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth
    • Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (2004) by Joe Conason

In Big Lies, Joe Conason rips through the ten most damaging lies perpetrated by the right wing propaganda machine. This scathing, fact-filled analysis debunks it all:

- The myth that Republicans are fiscal geniuses and champions of free enterprise.
- The right's self-proclaimed monopoly on "family values."
- The conservative smearing of liberals as unpatriotic and anti-American.
- And of course, the "compassionate conservatism" of George W. Bush. (It depends on the meaning of “compassionate.”)

Big Lies confronts right-wing slander and bias with a long-awaited, badly-needed counterpunch to the deceptions that have plagued American politics for a generation.

- Conservatives are paragons of moral rectitude.
- Elitist liberals control the media.
- George W. Bush is a compassionate conservative.
- Republicans know how to run the economy.
- Democrats are spendthrifts who bust budgets.
- Bill Clinton is the root of all evil.
- Tough right-wingers never coddle terrorists.

Joe Conason, whose investigation of the conservative witchhunt of Bill Clinton became a major national bestseller, takes on the most common arguments, myths, and fallacies propounded by the right — and exposes them as the smear tactics they really are.

A powerful rebuttal to books like Bias or Slander, Big Lies is essential reading in an era of right-wing bullying and political conformity.

Praise for Big Lies:

"Conason has such a good eye for the hypocrisy and follies of the American right, he can even make you laugh a little while you wince. This is a comprehensive, well researched indictment of a bunch of nasty people who really deserve it. It is also a thorough exposé of a bunch of big lies, from the 'liberal media' to 'compassionate conservatism.'" — Molly Ivins

"From Rush to Bush, Conason strips away false fronts to reveal the corporate agenda behind “conservative” propaganda. Big Lies is essential reading in these politically troubled times." — Arianna Huffington

"Big Lies is must reading for anyone who wants to understand America today. It is an amazing tour though the wonderland of right-wing mendacity that blinds Americans to the ugly truth about what is happening to our country." — Paul Krugman