Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth
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