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New York Times bestselling author Bernard Goldberg argues that the left-leaning mainstream media crossed the line during the 2008 presidential election campaign and helped to determine the outcome.


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New York Times bestselling author Bernard Goldberg argues that the left-leaning mainstream media crossed the line during the 2008 presidential election campaign and helped to determine the outcome.

30 review for A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I didn't read this when it was published back in 2009. The main reason then was that my wife had been in a long term illness which was progressively worse. She passed away in Aug. 2009. However I read this now (2017) when the Obama regime is passed. It gives an interesting perspective. Any of you who have read many of my reviews know that I generally fall into the political grouping called "conservative". Now that can mean a lot of things and I find that those left of center usually have a rather I didn't read this when it was published back in 2009. The main reason then was that my wife had been in a long term illness which was progressively worse. She passed away in Aug. 2009. However I read this now (2017) when the Obama regime is passed. It gives an interesting perspective. Any of you who have read many of my reviews know that I generally fall into the political grouping called "conservative". Now that can mean a lot of things and I find that those left of center usually have a rather stereotypical idea about me or anyone else termed "Conservative". These ideas are more often than not incorrect (wrong) and based on what they have gleaned from left wing spokespeople, mostly in the media...and since the "media" is overwhelmingly "liberal" or left there are a lot of "spokespeople" to choose from. A while back I reviewed a book here which is a very left wing version of American History. There are now 214 likes on that review and 219 comments...most of which are ad hominem attacks. I have been (in comments to this review and others where my views come to the front) called names, racist, hater, a "deplorable" human being (haven't we seen the "deplorables" thing somewhere else recently??? Oh well.) So anyway here we look at the media's relationship with Barack Hussein Obama and I know going in that sensibilities will be....what...damaged? Maybe I should just say feathers will be ruffled? Here we look back at the left's (note that now anything right of center is called "Conservative" [or something insulting] and those left of center are called "moderate".) high hopes and dreams for the Obama presidency. Now we can see that all he really accomplished was spending more than every president before him combined and leaving a $20.4 TRILLION...yes great, great, great grandchildren it was the Obama generation who sent you the debt you'll still be paying off for the next century (or two). It has been recognized by (probably the majority of) Americans that the main stream media is heavily liberal (leftist) and that when Pres. Obama ran the majority were simply and plainly in his camp. Look I know up front that many will never pick this book up and hate me for recommending it. That said if you are able give the book a read. The ratings tend to be "1 star or 5 stars', it obviously runs along ideological lines. However the statements are simple factual statements and the arguments are backed by facts. Yes there are a few laughs...but then looking at the situation we could use a few laughs. Recommended to those who can manage an open mind.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    The New York Times wrote more stories about the tax filings of Joe the Plumber than it did about the combined tax evasion of three nominated Presidential cabinet candidates. The pregnancy status of a Vice Presidential candidate's daughter received 10 times more front page coverage than a Presidential candidate's 20 + year relationship with an outspoken bigot who preached hatred towards America. Why?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    With a title like this, you can't say you didn't know what you're getting yourself into! If you're a conservative, you know Bernie Goldberg's work, and I enjoyed Bias quite a big (which is what put him on the map). Bias had a lot of authenticity because he worked for CBS for so many years and really understood that culture and what the world of television news was like. I do respect his point of view. This book isn't long (barely 200 pages) and Bernie just zips through his points bam-bam-bam. De With a title like this, you can't say you didn't know what you're getting yourself into! If you're a conservative, you know Bernie Goldberg's work, and I enjoyed Bias quite a big (which is what put him on the map). Bias had a lot of authenticity because he worked for CBS for so many years and really understood that culture and what the world of television news was like. I do respect his point of view. This book isn't long (barely 200 pages) and Bernie just zips through his points bam-bam-bam. Despite the inflammatory title, I didn't find the book all that shocking or vulgar (like an Ann Coulter book might be). Regardless of what side you were on during election season last year, you had to admit--the media loved 'em some Obama. If even SNL is making jokes that the media is Obama's lap dog--there's a problem. Goldberg makes some damning points that Obama was an unknown candidate when he came into the race, and he left as a unknown President. the hard questions just weren't asked. All the questions that should've been asked--about his associations, about his policies, etc.--were just ignored by the mainstream media. He has some amusing quotes by journalists like Tom Brokaw in October AFTER the election saying things like "We just don't really know the guy or what he stands for." What?!? You're part of what got him elected! You're part of the process!! It's pretty unbelievable. Goldberg's conclusion is that the media, a huge majority of which are liberal (and research testifies to that) wanted to be part of social change, to be part of the story, and of course Obama is a great story. But...that's not what journalism is supposed to be about. I see so little of actual objective journalism anymore that I do wonder if that will ever return, or if every talking head, AP reporter, or local news guy will inject his or her opinions into every news piece. It's a dangerous trend, and this election really highlighted it. However, I was on the losing side of that debate, so I must just be bitter. Ha!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Recommend it for all the folks who keep saying the media equally treated both candidates....especially Whoopi Goldberg who can't doesn't know the difference between a reporter and a commentator. The book is filled mostly with statistics from independent research that clearly shows the bias. It is a QUICK read with short chapters and shouldn't take more than a day. It took me about a total of 4 hours. Does anyone think it's ironic that at least 3 reporters (at least 2 from the Chicago Tribune) ar Recommend it for all the folks who keep saying the media equally treated both candidates....especially Whoopi Goldberg who can't doesn't know the difference between a reporter and a commentator. The book is filled mostly with statistics from independent research that clearly shows the bias. It is a QUICK read with short chapters and shouldn't take more than a day. It took me about a total of 4 hours. Does anyone think it's ironic that at least 3 reporters (at least 2 from the Chicago Tribune) are now working for Obama?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Rabe

    I'm not sure why I felt compelled to read this, since I lived through it. My hope is that the blatant stumping that the media did during this election will undermine their credibility with Americans. The press' unapologetic partiality should have the average citizen scared to death -- and determined to diligently educate themselves about the issues. With information available through the Internet and conservative news outlets, seeking out the other side is possible but requires effort. The probl I'm not sure why I felt compelled to read this, since I lived through it. My hope is that the blatant stumping that the media did during this election will undermine their credibility with Americans. The press' unapologetic partiality should have the average citizen scared to death -- and determined to diligently educate themselves about the issues. With information available through the Internet and conservative news outlets, seeking out the other side is possible but requires effort. The problem is when people are too content to be spoonfed whatever the media hands them, assuming that the journalists are well-informed, therefore, their conclusions must be correct. Bernard Goldberg's solution, that responsible newsrooms need to seek out diversity of opinion, reminded me of another pressing issue: The need to encourage evangelicals to pursue careers in journalism. Glorifying God by redeeming the culture and pointing others to Christ in this way is as noble a calling as missions or the ministry.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    A fitting eulogy for the death of what the Founder's intended and envisioned when they created freedom of the press. Gone are the days of relying on the media to keep the government in check. An amazing book that can't be written off as some conservative's piece of opinionated fodder, mainly because he has actual research conducted by non-profit and independent organizations of journalism and others that produce shocking results. Obviously some opinion is interjected, and yeah liberals may take A fitting eulogy for the death of what the Founder's intended and envisioned when they created freedom of the press. Gone are the days of relying on the media to keep the government in check. An amazing book that can't be written off as some conservative's piece of opinionated fodder, mainly because he has actual research conducted by non-profit and independent organizations of journalism and others that produce shocking results. Obviously some opinion is interjected, and yeah liberals may take insult at some of the jabs, but I dare any of them to refute the obvious evidence and admit that, even though the media pulls for their guy, they still aren't somewhat nervous that journalism has become not just ineffective but truly dangerous. I would encourage everyone to read this, mainly because it's such an eye-opening yet quick read. I started it and finished it the same day, in just a few short hours.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    Somewhere this side of the mid twentieth century it appears that the media (initially newspapers, then radio and television) began tacking further and further left of political center. According to what I've read in A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media by Bernard Goldberg and other books, along with personal observations (if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's likely that it's a d Somewhere this side of the mid twentieth century it appears that the media (initially newspapers, then radio and television) began tacking further and further left of political center. According to what I've read in A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media by Bernard Goldberg and other books, along with personal observations (if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's likely that it's a duck), it is hard not to conclude that the media leans heavily left. In the days of Walter Cronkite and Edward R Murrow they either maintained a reasonable semblance of impartiality or were much better at hiding it. What author Bernie Goldberg claims in this book is that since the Bush, Clinton, and Obama (since it was published in 2009, it didn't include the Trump administration), the media's move to the left has surface more and more obviously the bias held for and against certain candidates. When it came to Barrack Hussein Obama the vast majority of the media treated him as if the messiah had arrived and gave them a thrill up their leg. I found it over the top with no attempt to hide their lack of journalistic ethics by generating or perpetuating patently false narratives (i.e. fake news media) about conservatives while completely ignoring stories about Obama that were loudly calling out for investigations. They were, in effect, the propaganda wing of the democrat party. The author presents this with supporting facts in disgusting detail and sees this as the cause for the rise of conservative talk radio and other less biased sources. A very enlightening read and highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I am not into politics. I don't talk politics with friends. But I do know a bit about journalism, having studied it in school many years ago. What I learned back then is that reporting news is about giving the facts and covering important issues that matter to the public. After living through the U.S. presidential election of 2008, it seemed to me like a lot had changed in the world of journalism. It was no longer about providing a service to the people — it was about journalists doing all they I am not into politics. I don't talk politics with friends. But I do know a bit about journalism, having studied it in school many years ago. What I learned back then is that reporting news is about giving the facts and covering important issues that matter to the public. After living through the U.S. presidential election of 2008, it seemed to me like a lot had changed in the world of journalism. It was no longer about providing a service to the people — it was about journalists doing all they can to make sure their own agenda was being met. Bernard Goldberg discusses in great detail the lengths the mainstream media (i.e., network television and national newspapers) went to in order to get their man, Barack Obama, into the White House. Since the election was less than two years ago, a lot of the news coverage is still fresh in my mind. I recall all the glowing stories ABC, NBC, CBS (and cable network MSNBC) reported on Obama. I remember looking at the LA Times and New York Times online, and seeing photos of a smiling, energetic Obama juxtaposed with images of a frumpy, mean-looking McCain. In my opinion, neither candidate was a looker, but it upset me that Obama was always presented as a celebrity — basically a rockstar — in the media while John McCain was shown to be nothing more than a boring, old politician. Looking back to 2008, I can remember hearing and reading about Obama's associations with terrorist Bill Ayers and radical pastor Jeremiah Wright. But it wasn't from viewing the nightly news, it was from political blogs that pointed out the fact that the major television networks and newspapers were NOT digging deeper into these topics when interviewing Obama or running a story about him. This isn't a straight-out anti-Obama, anti-Democrat book. It criticizes McCain and the Republican party too, and how they had a hand in losing the election themselves. No, this book is more about the liberal media and how they blatantly endorsed a candidate they knew so little about. Sure, they knew Obama used to work at Baskin-Robbins when he was in school, and that he likes to play basketball. But they didn't probe him on his past with people who publicly spoke out in hate of America. Nor did they really inquire into his thoughts on foreign policy. It was just one big slobber fest whenever the mainstream media reported on Obama in 2008. Journalists were nearly moved to tears (some actually were) when he won the election. The liberal media seems to have been in favor of change for the sake of change — to put this man in the #1 seat because he was different. Wouldn't it be a great statement to the rest of the world if we elected a black man as president because it shows how forward-thinking we are and how we're so beyond racism? Well, the media got what they wanted. Now that Obama's been in office for over a year now, I don't see the media simmering down all that much. They still report on what a cool guy our president is. Like Goldberg points out, he is too big to fail. The media was in love with Obama back in 2008, and it looks like the honeymoon is nowhere close to being over.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ken Roebuck

    GREAT TITLE! Goldberg hits the nail on the head with his apt depiction of the mainstream media’s relationship with Barack Obama as “A Slobbering Love Affair” which has become apparent after the inauguration has turned him into “celebrity in chief”. Barnes & Noble where I bought the book has a whole table display devoted to Obama piled high with books, tapes, videos, posters and other commemorative Obamabilia. Goldberg asserts that the elite media’s liberal bias, for the first time in journalisti GREAT TITLE! Goldberg hits the nail on the head with his apt depiction of the mainstream media’s relationship with Barack Obama as “A Slobbering Love Affair” which has become apparent after the inauguration has turned him into “celebrity in chief”. Barnes & Noble where I bought the book has a whole table display devoted to Obama piled high with books, tapes, videos, posters and other commemorative Obamabilia. Goldberg asserts that the elite media’s liberal bias, for the first time in journalistic history, has become shameless media activism. However, he astutely argues that the activist media didn’t win the election for Obama but it did clearly help in the creation of a powerful “cult of personality” or as Goldberg describes it “Bamalot” which was particularly effective during the Democratic primary campaign against Hillary Clinton the first “post gender” candidate. Unfortunately for her the liberal media believes race trumps gender. To give his thesis more credibility Goldberg in the appendix reproduces the executive summary of the Media Research Center report on Media Activism of the three major networks ABC, NBC, and CBS. The study found that Obama received overwhelmingly more good press than bad with the networks minimizing Obama’s liberal ideology as well as downplaying or ignoring major Obama gaffes and scandals. NBC Nightly News was the most lopsided with more than 10 times more pro-Obama than anti-Obama reports. There are also insightful chapters on the overt liberal bias of MSNBC and that “One Angry Man” Keith Oberman aka “Bush basher in chief”. The book despite its focus on media bias is surprisingly to borrow a phrase “fair and balanced”. Goldberg is a veteran journalist who started out as a staunch liberal and worked for CBC news for 38 years. And when he "saw the light" became a conservative and wrote his first book titled “Bias” in 2001 exposing the liberal bias of the mainstream press. Journalists are overwhelmingly liberal and vote for the Democrat 70% of the time. Goldberg argues that if the media ever hopes to convince Americans to once again trust their reporting the mainstream media will need an aggressive affirmative action policy to employ more conservative reporters to level the pervasive liberal tilt of the media. After all isn’t affirmative action a sacred liberal mechanism to atone for past injustices.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mick

    News flash. The left-leaning, mainstream media was in the tank for Barack Obama during the historic 2008 Presidential election. Thank you, Captain Obvious. And thus, when former CBS veteran/current political pundit Bernard Goldberg came out with his media critique, A SLOBBERING LOVE AFFAIR, I thought his book would be an exercise in rhetorical redundancy. The major newspapers and the networks, along with CNN and MSNBC, are comprised of journalists who are decidedly and unabashedly liberal. Unles News flash. The left-leaning, mainstream media was in the tank for Barack Obama during the historic 2008 Presidential election. Thank you, Captain Obvious. And thus, when former CBS veteran/current political pundit Bernard Goldberg came out with his media critique, A SLOBBERING LOVE AFFAIR, I thought his book would be an exercise in rhetorical redundancy. The major newspapers and the networks, along with CNN and MSNBC, are comprised of journalists who are decidedly and unabashedly liberal. Unless someone is brain dead--or in complete and utter denial--it's a foregone conclusion to one and all that the mainstream media were nothing more than cheerleaders for the Obama campaign. So why write a book stating the obvious? So with a twinge of "whatever" I picked up this thin volume with the huge title and began to read Goldberg's witty and engaging style. Before long, he was enthralling me with little tidbits of media bias I had forgotten about; case in point: the April 2008 debate between Obama and Hillary, when ABC commentator George Stephanopoulos dared to leave the liberal reservation and ask The One about his past associations with terrorist Bill Ayers. And outlets like The New York Times subsequently went nuts--not so much at Stephanopoulos, but at Sean Hannity and FOX News. That's right, folks. You can't make this stuff up. So with witty and clever anecdotes, quotes, analysis, and interviews, Goldberg gives the reader a trip down Memory Lane that was the 2008 election. It's a fast and entertaining read, but I knock one star off this review because of all the mistakes and typos. (Pretty obvious Regnery was in a hurry to get this book out.) I wanted to wait a while until November 2008 was in the rearview mirror before reading A SLOBBERING LOVE AFFAIR: THE TRUE (AND PATHETIC) STORY OF THE TORRID ROMANCE BETWEEN BARACK OBAMA AND THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA. And I'm darn glad I did, and thank Goldberg profusely for all the chuckles.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This book is a really accessible analysis/critique of the media's unprecedented kid-glove treatment of Barack Obama during his run for the presidency. Goldberg backs up his assertions with lots of direct quotes from broadcasts & articles. Whether or not Obama is a brilliant leader who will redeem us, a radical who will ruin us, or anywhere in between, is not the point. The premise of this book is that the media didn't let the American public make up their own minds. Goldberg does not level any ac This book is a really accessible analysis/critique of the media's unprecedented kid-glove treatment of Barack Obama during his run for the presidency. Goldberg backs up his assertions with lots of direct quotes from broadcasts & articles. Whether or not Obama is a brilliant leader who will redeem us, a radical who will ruin us, or anywhere in between, is not the point. The premise of this book is that the media didn't let the American public make up their own minds. Goldberg does not level any accusations that this was an intentional effort, although he does feel that members of the media got swept away in the history-making (perhaps even myth-making?). He believes it is attributable to groupthink--essentially, a lack of diversity of opinion in the nation's newsrooms. (a claim backed up with some data) In other words: Journalists perceive their so-called "accountability journalism" as legitimately filling the American people in. America assumes that the media will present information in as straightforward a fashion as possible. When you hear Rush Limbaugh, you know you are getting commentary and opinion, not "news." When you read a newspaper (op-eds notwithstanding) or tune into the national news, you should be getting information (ideally, rigorously gathered & carefully researched) with which to form your own opinions. Even Barack Obama supporters should be disheartened to learn how the media manipulated & even withheld information. Most people who read this book will learn things--that is to say, documented FACTS, that they didn't ever hear before. Whether or not the media's biased approach would have or should have changed any outcomes is immaterial. Even if the outcome is for the best, that does not justify members of the media acting in such an obsequious manner.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bojan Tunguz

    The US presidential election of 2009 was historic in many respects - the first black presidential candidate by one of the major parties, the first female VP candidate on the Republican ticket, and probably a host of other "firsts" that only news pundits and political junkies care about. The election was also unprecedented in the following regard: never before has the media been so blatantly and unapologetically in the pocket of one candidate. The overwhelming media bias in favor of Democrats and The US presidential election of 2009 was historic in many respects - the first black presidential candidate by one of the major parties, the first female VP candidate on the Republican ticket, and probably a host of other "firsts" that only news pundits and political junkies care about. The election was also unprecedented in the following regard: never before has the media been so blatantly and unapologetically in the pocket of one candidate. The overwhelming media bias in favor of Democrats and liberals is well documented, but this time around it reached the fever pitch that went far beyond all decorum and pretense of objectivity. News anchors and newspaper columnist were competing with each other for the most fawning coverage of The One. The level of adulation was more appropriate for a teenage love novel, than for the professional news coverage by supposed grownups. This state of affairs prompted Bernie Goldberg to write another book, documenting and analyzing some of the most outrageous instances of this media misbehavior. The result is an entertaining read, the kind that we've come to expect from Goldberg, that amuses you and makes your eyes roll at the same time. The only problem that I have with the book is its length - it is much too short, and one gets the sense that Goldberg was pushing even to reach the existing page count. The book is a page turner, and one only wishes that the end didn't come so soon. This lack of length is understandable in the light of the fact that the book needed to come out in print while the topic was still very fresh and relevant. However, I certainly hope that Goldberg's next work will be much more filling. We cannot expect to subsist on appetizers for too long.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

    For those of you who are Obama supporters and see this title listed and start to react by thinking "Wow, wait, this is an unfair statement", hold on to your opinion for a minute while I say: 1) Goldberg does not accuse the media for McCain's loss; there are many reasons for the republican fiasco including the fact that their candidate did not accurately get his message across. 2) Golderg is not making a statement that Obama was a terrible candidate, What Goldberg is saying is the liberal media did For those of you who are Obama supporters and see this title listed and start to react by thinking "Wow, wait, this is an unfair statement", hold on to your opinion for a minute while I say: 1) Goldberg does not accuse the media for McCain's loss; there are many reasons for the republican fiasco including the fact that their candidate did not accurately get his message across. 2) Golderg is not making a statement that Obama was a terrible candidate, What Goldberg is saying is the liberal media did give Obama a pass and because of their unfair bias did not probe some very important issues in an in-depth journalistic manner. Goldberg states that the media had more interest in reporting on Sarah Palin's wardrobe than they did in Barrack Obama's association and alliance with Reverend Wright, Acoron and Bill Ayers. Even mainstream TV shows jumped on the Obama as God bandwagon and whereas Obama was treated tenderly by the TV show The View, McCain was asked by Whoppie Goldberg if he was going to make her a slave. Goldberg strongly points to the hyprocracy of the liberal media who targeted Palin's lack of an ivy league education while all along touting that the liberal theology is in helping the underdog. The VERY strong point that Goldberg makes is this: The media, including MSNBC, did not present a balanced way of looking at the candidates. The media no longer reports, they simply editorialize, manipulate and are unfairly biased. The bottom line: Beware of the messenger.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    So far I am loving this book. It says everything I wanted to say during the election but didn't for three reasons, the first being that most of my friends already knew, second, those that didn't wouldn't listen and third I am nowhere near as well spoken as Goldberg. Plus my immediate family, including my mother and brother are far left and I hate political arguments that end in excruciatingly awkward silence over dinner. I do disagree with Goldberg on one point though. He believes that Obama, th So far I am loving this book. It says everything I wanted to say during the election but didn't for three reasons, the first being that most of my friends already knew, second, those that didn't wouldn't listen and third I am nowhere near as well spoken as Goldberg. Plus my immediate family, including my mother and brother are far left and I hate political arguments that end in excruciatingly awkward silence over dinner. I do disagree with Goldberg on one point though. He believes that Obama, the liberal media and their followers will suffer for having deified Barrack Obama. I think that their success will only further their resolve to do it again and again. What saddens me is that the ones who already know all this are the only ones reading this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Bleh. This hastily-done, unnecessarily-rude book added nothing "new" to an issue that one couldn't possibly miss. I'm not sure why I thought it would. Not at all up to the par of "Bias". No need to read this one--if you followed the news in the past year at all, you already know practically everything Goldberg has to say.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ted Magnuson

    This book is a classic rant. The author needs a clue--he wonders why Oprah didn't interview Sarah Palin during the last elections. The tragedy is that people would believe this dude. While the sideshow stunts of the extremes may be entertaining, books of this nature detract from the steady-eddie business of running the world

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

    From humanevents.com: Top 10 Obama Gaffes Human Events | Sunday Jul 10, 2011 3:01 AM The Left had a grand old time with President George W. Bush’s mangling of the English language, and let Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann make a slip of the tongue and the mainstream media will turn it into a major news story. Not so with President Obama’s verbal missteps. Here, to bring balance to the ridicule, are the Top 10 Obama Gaffes: 1. How many states? Vice President Dan Quayle was virtually laughed out of Was From humanevents.com: Top 10 Obama Gaffes Human Events | Sunday Jul 10, 2011 3:01 AM The Left had a grand old time with President George W. Bush’s mangling of the English language, and let Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann make a slip of the tongue and the mainstream media will turn it into a major news story. Not so with President Obama’s verbal missteps. Here, to bring balance to the ridicule, are the Top 10 Obama Gaffes: 1. How many states? Vice President Dan Quayle was virtually laughed out of Washington for misspelling potato back in 1992, yet Barack Obama made a more elementary flub when, during the 2008 campaign, he said: “I’ve now been in 57 states-I think one left to go.” 2. Hero soldier mix-up: While commending troops at Fort Drum, N.Y., for their completed deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama said, “A comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.” Wrong hero. Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was killed in action, another soldier, Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor that fought in Afghanistan. 3. What year is it? During a trip to London’s Westminster Abbey, President Obama signed the guest book and dated it 24 May 2008. Oops. It was 2011. (Maybe he was wistfully dreaming about his 2008 election campaign at the time.) 4. Look at the map: Not only does Obama not know how many states there are, he also doesn’t know where they are. During the 2008 primary campaign, he explained why he was trailing Hillary Clinton in Kentucky: “Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.” Obama’s home state of Illinois, and not Arkansas, shares a border with Kentucky. 5. What language is that? In April 2009, on one of his many foreign trips, President Obama mused, “I don’t know what the term is in Austrian” for “wheeling and dealing.” Oops, Mr. President. There is no Austrian language. 6. Twister casualties: After a devastating tornado hit Kansas, Obama discussed the tragedy without help from a teleprompter, saying, ”In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died-an entire town destroyed.” He was only off by 9,988 as the twister killed 12 people. 7. How old is Malia? The President last month thought he was so clever, unfavorably comparing Republican procrastination on the debt limit to his daughters finishing their homework early. In his remarks, Obama made a reference to daughter Malia, saying she was 13 years old, when at the time she was 12. Imagine the press reaction if Michele Bachmann made a misstatement about any of her five children or 23 foster kids. 8. Special Olympics insensitivity: The President called and apologized to the head of the Special Olympics, after making this insensitive comment following a game of bowling: “No, no. I have been practicing. … I bowled a 129. It’s like-it was like Special Olympics, or something.” Maybe he should have also apologized to bowlers for his feeble effort. 9. Faith confusion: No wonder so many Americans are unsure of the President’s faith, as he seems to be confused himself. During the 2008 campaign, during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Obama said, “What I was suggesting-you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith,” before Stephanopoulos jumped in to help, saying ”your Christian faith.” 10. Health care inefficiencies: During the health care debate, President Obama explained all the benefits of ObamaCare, saying, “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.” Mr. President, we already have enough inefficiency in health care and, yes, your “reforms” will only make it worse.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dachokie

    The title may antagonize ... but the substance is there, March 2, 2009 Yes, the title is an antagonistic teaser... and it probably has been the main reason for people to pan this book without even reading a single page. This is a sad fact, because Bernard Goldberg is relevant, honest and is skilled at writing in a common-sense manner that most everyone can appreciate ... whether you agree with his position or not. Golberg also provides plenty of legitimate sources to back claims and maintains a l The title may antagonize ... but the substance is there, March 2, 2009 Yes, the title is an antagonistic teaser... and it probably has been the main reason for people to pan this book without even reading a single page. This is a sad fact, because Bernard Goldberg is relevant, honest and is skilled at writing in a common-sense manner that most everyone can appreciate ... whether you agree with his position or not. Golberg also provides plenty of legitimate sources to back claims and maintains a level-headed approach to his opinions. This is the manner Golberg has written in all of his previous works ... "A Slobbering Love Affair ... " is no exception. What first must be pointed out is that this book is not an anti-Obama book ... and you'd have to read more than the title to figure that out. The book is about Goldberg's disgust in how mainstream media outlets have all but abandoned their principles of integrity and neutrality when presenting information to the public. Goldberg feels that the coverage of the past presidential campaign resulted in the media making "Faustian-like" deal in favorable coverage for Obama that may be disastrous for the media (and us) down the road. "A Slobbering Love Affair ..." isn't groundbreaking and it isn't an expose ... it is simply a gathering of evidence that supports Goldberg's belief that the media has sacrificed its integrity for the gain of power. The power gained is the ability to get the American public to vote for "their" candidate by ignoring or downplaying (relevant) issues (Reverend Wright/William Ayers), displaying unabashed adulation toward their candidate and making ridiculous proclamations all along the way ("the most intelligent man ever elected" and the comparison to Lincoln ... even before being inaugurated). On the other hand, the media displayed no shame in displaying its effort to destroy the "opposition" (McCain) with an overwhelming majority of negative coverage, play-ground level name-calling ("ogre" and "troll") and even the fabrication of harmful stories (McCain/lobbyist affair). Goldberg leaves no stone unturned in the quest to document his position ... in fact, most all of the sources are readily available on the internet and archived eternally on YouTube. Where the book becomes relevant is when Golberg thoughtfully asks himself of the consequences associated with such media power. In other words, they've sold their soul by pledging their allegiance to a virtually unknown man, got him elected to the most powerful position they could and now must stick with him, regardless of where he takes the nation (good or bad). What if he doesn't live up to the grand hype and the country sinks into despair or unrest? How will that be reported ... or, more importantly, will it be reported? The bottom line is what price will be paid for the power the media has gained? I think these are fair questions to ask ... and Goldberg, being a former CBS man (and democrat as well) is in the perfect position to ask these salient questions.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    If you liked Bernard Goldberg's Bias and his other bestsellers, you'll like this one, too. He states that this is NOT the same old bias as in the past, that the media cossed the line this time in the 2008 presidential race. He maintains that the media was IN LOVE with Barack Obama, that they launched their own campaign to assure his election, and that gushed and were giddy with excitement in his presence, unlike any other before. He gives many examples, and quotes, and his chapters cover topics If you liked Bernard Goldberg's Bias and his other bestsellers, you'll like this one, too. He states that this is NOT the same old bias as in the past, that the media cossed the line this time in the 2008 presidential race. He maintains that the media was IN LOVE with Barack Obama, that they launched their own campaign to assure his election, and that gushed and were giddy with excitement in his presence, unlike any other before. He gives many examples, and quotes, and his chapters cover topics such as: Sarah Palin, Jeremiah Wright, Joe the Plumber, Welcome to "Bamalot", the statistics of how many negative and positive stories were ran for each candidate by each of the networks, etc. Just a few of my favorite quotes: "...these journalists think that everything to the right of center is conservative, and everything to the left of center is middle of the road. That's why journalism is so biased." "Here's my solution to the problem of media bias: diversity. What journalism needs is more diversity. And not just the kind we've grown accustomed to. Journalism meeds an affirmative action program for the smallest minority in America's newsrooms: conservatives. .... Why is the black man's race worth noting but not the race of the white man? ... This is why diversity in our newsrooms makes sense. We need all sorts of perspectives to put out an honest newspaper or television newscast. But just what kind of diversity have we wound up with after all these years of trying to make things right? Well, we have white liberals and black liberals. We have male liberals and female liberals. We have gay liberals and straight liberals. We have Latino liberals and Asian liberals, too. How nice. " Goldberg also lists 10 questions he would have asked Barack Obama if he were a reporter, the old-school way. They weren't "'gotcha' questions, but exactly the sort of questions the American people have a right to expect reporters to ask---and they were the very questions that were rarely, if ever, asked by the press on the campaign trail. Why? Because they didn't want to challenge their candidate; they wanted to help him win." This is a quick, entertaining, enlightening book. Worth your read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sangeeta

    first off, agreed; there is generally a liberal bias in the mainstream press. I read "The Obama Hate Machine" by Bill Press a couple of months ago, and found it to be eye opening, in a negative way, how (certain elements of) the press are manipulated by a relatively small segment (the 1%?) of the population. Also, the history of acrimony at the highest levels of politics all the way back to the first presidency was very interesting stuff. The Obama Hate Machine was serious, well written and thor first off, agreed; there is generally a liberal bias in the mainstream press. I read "The Obama Hate Machine" by Bill Press a couple of months ago, and found it to be eye opening, in a negative way, how (certain elements of) the press are manipulated by a relatively small segment (the 1%?) of the population. Also, the history of acrimony at the highest levels of politics all the way back to the first presidency was very interesting stuff. The Obama Hate Machine was serious, well written and thoroughly researched. Press's presented a detailed and comprehensive examination of the systematic degradation of Prez Obama and everything about him by Fox "noise" (Faux News) and the conservative talk radio circuit, AND the supporting momentum behind them when i saw this book, i had to read the other point of view but this one, "slobbering love affair" was amateurish (goldberg is a journalist ??) and boring. i got the point after 2 chapters. it read like a teenager's diary, sarcastic at turns, then sounding like a petulant toddler. when he calls rush limbaugh a "friend" (twice, i think) you realize how extreme he is. and calling liberals "paranoid and without a sense of humor" LOL!... Mr. Goldberg, look up the word "projection" in a psychology textbook. yes, MSNBC is unabashedly liberal leaning. but by not acknowledging that FOX News is an angry, self-righteous right-wing mouthpiece, who twists facts to suit them, and that CNN is usually somewhere in between Fox and MSNBC, Mr. goldberg is as willfully blind and obviously biased himself, as he seems to think that anyone who disagrees with him is.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Bernard Goldberg is a former CBS reporter who infuriated his bosses by going public with what he considered to be a hatchet job on then—GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes and his flat tax proposal. Goldberg has since parlayed his excommunication from the mainstream media into a regular gig on Fox News, a series of books, and frequent appearances on popular talk radio programs, including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. His latest book is a slim effort, a quick read, and doesn't really cover an Bernard Goldberg is a former CBS reporter who infuriated his bosses by going public with what he considered to be a hatchet job on then—GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes and his flat tax proposal. Goldberg has since parlayed his excommunication from the mainstream media into a regular gig on Fox News, a series of books, and frequent appearances on popular talk radio programs, including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. His latest book is a slim effort, a quick read, and doesn't really cover any new ground for anyone who followed the campaign and isn't an Obamatron. Also Goldberg thinks he's funny, and he isn't. But it's worth reading for the main point: Goldberg says that while a consistent liberal bias in the media isn't new, it's certainly become overt. But he believes there is no organized conspiracy. Rather, he thinks it's a question of groupthink. Reporters and executives believe that their left of center beliefs are in fact centrist, so anything to the right is "conservative" or "fascist" (when they are feeling their oats). Anything to the left is "progressive." His argument is plainly stated (when he's not trying to be amusing) and his list of 10 questions that should have been asked of candidate Obama is spot on. Check it out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    reading this book dredged up all the bad memories that I had from the election. This is a book that looks at the mainstream media and the ridiculous bias that they used to influence the American public and the presidential election. everyone complains that FOX is such a conservative station, well take a look at just about every other station out there (hint, hint - MSNBC and CNN) and you'll get knocked out by liberalism. When the mainstream media's only role in the election should have been as a reading this book dredged up all the bad memories that I had from the election. This is a book that looks at the mainstream media and the ridiculous bias that they used to influence the American public and the presidential election. everyone complains that FOX is such a conservative station, well take a look at just about every other station out there (hint, hint - MSNBC and CNN) and you'll get knocked out by liberalism. When the mainstream media's only role in the election should have been as a reference to the American public, a neutral place to get information to help one make an informed decision, the reality is that they were far far from it. The media made their decision and proclaimed their love for their fantasy presidential candidate and shoved their infatuation down everyone's throat. You can't tell me that there wasn't a bias in media coverage and in how information about the candidates was passed down to the public.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I liked this book because it confirmed that I wasn't delusional. =) It's a fast read; the book and chapters are really short. Compared to Goldberg's "Bias," "Slobbering" seems kind of un-meaty and sort of like a rush job. Regardless, Goldberg did a great job recording things the media did to unabashedly promote Obama, and provides some interesting insight here and there. For example, I could never figure out why the media (and liberals) despised Palin SOOO badly (I knew there was something more to I liked this book because it confirmed that I wasn't delusional. =) It's a fast read; the book and chapters are really short. Compared to Goldberg's "Bias," "Slobbering" seems kind of un-meaty and sort of like a rush job. Regardless, Goldberg did a great job recording things the media did to unabashedly promote Obama, and provides some interesting insight here and there. For example, I could never figure out why the media (and liberals) despised Palin SOOO badly (I knew there was something more to it than them just questioning her qualifications). I won't spoil the author's conjecture here, but he proposes a pretty reasonable and interesting explanation for it. (See chapter "Palin Derangement Syndrome.") I'd recommend this book to anyone who thought the media's coverage of Election '08 was whack.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I liked this book alot, its informative but not over-the-top. It speaks to issues such as: Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers. It talks about the media's portrayal of Obama as the next coming of Christ and Michelle as Mother Theresa. Were these fair depictions? How about the "other" side? How were they portrayed by the same media outlets? The one-sidedness of the reporting during the presidential campaign is also examined. It discusses how opinions infused with journalism when its not an "op ed" piece I liked this book alot, its informative but not over-the-top. It speaks to issues such as: Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers. It talks about the media's portrayal of Obama as the next coming of Christ and Michelle as Mother Theresa. Were these fair depictions? How about the "other" side? How were they portrayed by the same media outlets? The one-sidedness of the reporting during the presidential campaign is also examined. It discusses how opinions infused with journalism when its not an "op ed" piece is more than unfair, its dangerous. It was more than just opinions though, it was down-right fawning. But, the book DOES NOT claim that the media lost the election for McCain, its sensible. Instead, it pushes for more fair reporting all around on news coverage especially related to politics.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sheralyn

    Goldberg created the perfect title to sum up the truly pathetic mainstream media. I enjoyed his witty description of "journalists". In this book you will reflect on how ridiculous the great 'Saint Barack' was dazzled up to be through bad journalism for the sake of Liberal snakes & the hype of his supposed JFK/Lincolnesque appeal. Regardless of his past affiliations (Ayers & Rev. Wright), no one knows who this guy really is, and they (the left-wingers) obviously don't care. All I have to say is t Goldberg created the perfect title to sum up the truly pathetic mainstream media. I enjoyed his witty description of "journalists". In this book you will reflect on how ridiculous the great 'Saint Barack' was dazzled up to be through bad journalism for the sake of Liberal snakes & the hype of his supposed JFK/Lincolnesque appeal. Regardless of his past affiliations (Ayers & Rev. Wright), no one knows who this guy really is, and they (the left-wingers) obviously don't care. All I have to say is thank goodness for the new media (internet and cable news ~specifically FoxNews). I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's a short book packed with great insight that will have you growling like a dog, snarling through your teeth and drooling onto the pages with disgust!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    So the analysis of the media's obsession with Obama during the election was pretty solid. his oopinion was that they wanted to feel a part of the first black president being elected and did what they could to stiffle the opposition coverage. The author does make the book lively and funny. He explains that the media isn't full of liberals by some planned attack but they just are; suggesting that hiring more conservatives would take some of the biased out of the reporting. My favorite line when th So the analysis of the media's obsession with Obama during the election was pretty solid. his oopinion was that they wanted to feel a part of the first black president being elected and did what they could to stiffle the opposition coverage. The author does make the book lively and funny. He explains that the media isn't full of liberals by some planned attack but they just are; suggesting that hiring more conservatives would take some of the biased out of the reporting. My favorite line when the author asked a liberal media reporter if he knew that his views were liberal. Of course the answer was no so he poses this quesiton to the readers, "Does a fish know that he's in water?" All in all good but not amazing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bienas

    I started and finished this book last night. It's not very long, but it was so good that I couldn't put it down. I've always liked Bernie Goldberg's writing style. He's witty and very intelligent. He has a lot of years experience in the media and journalism and it really shows here. The book is not at all an attack on Obama. It's an attack on the liberal media and their portrayal/treatment of Obama throughout the election process and now. It's a very accurate depiction of the media's perception o I started and finished this book last night. It's not very long, but it was so good that I couldn't put it down. I've always liked Bernie Goldberg's writing style. He's witty and very intelligent. He has a lot of years experience in the media and journalism and it really shows here. The book is not at all an attack on Obama. It's an attack on the liberal media and their portrayal/treatment of Obama throughout the election process and now. It's a very accurate depiction of the media's perception of Obama in my opinion and how this ordeal may not end up being a good thing for him.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I wish that I could say that I was shocked and surprised at what I learned in this book - but it was all right there in front of us during this entire election. There are some other disturbing events/comments behind the scenes that I was not aware of. I'm afraid that the people who voted for this media hyped empty suit will definitely regret what they have done to this country. This guy has some scary radical ideas and associations that should have been looked into more thoroughly - now look at I wish that I could say that I was shocked and surprised at what I learned in this book - but it was all right there in front of us during this entire election. There are some other disturbing events/comments behind the scenes that I was not aware of. I'm afraid that the people who voted for this media hyped empty suit will definitely regret what they have done to this country. This guy has some scary radical ideas and associations that should have been looked into more thoroughly - now look at what is happening in Washington! I recommend this book - it's very short - but it did make me mad all over again & I can barely stand to watch TV as it is.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

    Decent book. Nothing we didn't already know about the media coverage of "the chosen one." Good information. The media no longer allows you to form your own opinion...they're opinion is practically forced down your throat. Freedom of speech is a precious thing. But it seems that having a voice and standing up for your values and the things this country was founded on is not politically correct. This has nothing to do it political affiliation, but everything to do with values. * Honesty * Reverence * Decent book. Nothing we didn't already know about the media coverage of "the chosen one." Good information. The media no longer allows you to form your own opinion...they're opinion is practically forced down your throat. Freedom of speech is a precious thing. But it seems that having a voice and standing up for your values and the things this country was founded on is not politically correct. This has nothing to do it political affiliation, but everything to do with values. * Honesty * Reverence * Hope * Thrift * Humility * Charity * Sincerity * Moderation * Hard Work * Courage * PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY * Gratitude

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    Goldberg goes back to what thrust him into the public spotlight (and what made him a pariah at the Big Three News Networks), left-wing, extreme liberal bias in the press and broadcast news. He never touches once on Barak Obama's positions, except to say that he didn't vote for Obama, and what he knows of Obama worries him as a citizen. Goldberg's target is the press openly standing on the sidlines shouting and encouraging Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. As he says, no matter, how noble Goldberg goes back to what thrust him into the public spotlight (and what made him a pariah at the Big Three News Networks), left-wing, extreme liberal bias in the press and broadcast news. He never touches once on Barak Obama's positions, except to say that he didn't vote for Obama, and what he knows of Obama worries him as a citizen. Goldberg's target is the press openly standing on the sidlines shouting and encouraging Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. As he says, no matter, how noble the cause, the job of the press is to report the news in an unbiased manner and allow the citizenry decide for themselves. But the press didn't do that this time 'round.

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