I have a confession. I often read one political book for every two or three others. But I don’t often report on them. I guess I believe my political slant and opinions are best kept to myself. Most of what I see from folks who express their political views is fodder for argumentation. And I hate a good argument. That being said, please let me recommend The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote
For most of her career, Sharyl Attkisson worked for CBS. As such, this informative book seems to attempt to present both sides, or more accurately—all sides of the political shenanigans.
There have always been dirty tricks in politics. It is simply a part of the definition of the sport. Yet we are living in an unprecedented level of attacks that are mostly, if not completely, just inaccurate information.
Attkisson follows the development of the bad information campaign from it’s modern inception through the date of writing in 2017. (things have gotten worse since) The uncovers for the reader the different tools used to influence public opinion by reviewing some of the most famous political stories of the past 30 years.
To begin with I was very discouraged at the sad state of affairs in American politics. But with deeper consideration, I am thankful for her education so that I an more aptly separate fact, fiction and motives.
I highly recommend this volume.