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.
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Veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson has witnessed this
practice first hand. 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.
*****__From the Cover.
Sharyl Attkisson has been one of the pioneers in educating
the public about the skewed media, and now her new book
"The Smear" lets us in on exactly how the media is shaping
American political opinions, without you even knowing it. A
riveting and compelling book that will also make you think
about media influence in your own life.****__Alayna S.
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
This book documents political smear campaigns, behind-the-
scenes coordination between the press and political
campaigns and other special interests, and efforts by our own
government to manipulate the news, influence public opinion,
and punish whistleblowers. Although some events in the
book go back to the 1990's, most of the information pertains
to events of the last ten years, with the emphasis on the
2016 presidential campaign and its aftermath.
Those who follow politics closely will not be surprised by
Attkisson's narrative, but some will be surprised by the
extent of the shenanigans she describes - the vast scope of
media manipulation, the huge sums of money, and the
number of people involved. Worst of all, our own government
seems to be an active player in much of this.
Although smears and media manipulation come from both
sides of the political spectrum, more than 80% of what
Attkisson describes comes from the left.****__Stephen J
About The Author:
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, emerging with a reputation,
as the Washington Post recently put
it, as a “persistent voice of news-
media skepticism about the
government’s story.” She is the
recipient of five Emmy Awards and
an Edward R. Murrow Award for
investigative journalism. Her work
has appeared on the CBS Evening
News, CBS Sunday Morning, 48
Hours, and CBS This Morning.
Sharyl Attkisson is.a fourth degree
black belt in TaeKwonDo. She is
author of the new book "The
Smear" and the New York Times
best seller "Stonewalled."
Attkisson hosts the Sunday morning
national TV news program "Full
Measure," which focuses on
investigative and accountability
reporting. She received two other
Emmy nominations in 2013 for
"Benghazi: Dying forSecurity" and
"Green Energy Going Red." In
September 2012, she received the
Emmy for Outstanding Investigative
Journalism and the RTNDA Edward
R. Murrow Award for Excellence in
Investigative Reporting for the
"Gunwalker: Fast and Furious"
Attkisson received an Investigative
Emmy Award in 2009 for her
exclusive investigations into the
Bush TARP bank bailout. She
received an Investigative Emmy
Award in 2002 for her series of
exclusive reports about Red Cross
mismanagement. She has received
numerous Gerald Loeb Finalist
awards, including in 2016, and
Emmy nominations for reporting on
Follow the Money, Congressional
oversight, aid to Haiti, Firestone
tires, and dangers of prescription
drugs and vaccines (including links
Attkisson is one of few journalists to
have flown in a B-52 on a combat
mission and in an F-15 fighter jet
Combat AirPatrol flight.