It's Getting Ugly Out There: The Frauds, Bunglers, Liars, and Losers Who Are Hurting America

It's Getting Ugly Out There: The Frauds, Bunglers, Liars, and Losers Who Are Hurting America

by Jack Cafferty
     
 

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In his daily "Cafferty File" segments on CNN's The Situation Room, Jack Cafferty focuses on the high, the mighty, and the often mindless public figures in politics and corporate America who think they can hoodwink the great American middle class indefinitely and get away with it. Millions of people watch him, feeling that he expresses their own concerns. Now, in

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In his daily "Cafferty File" segments on CNN's The Situation Room, Jack Cafferty focuses on the high, the mighty, and the often mindless public figures in politics and corporate America who think they can hoodwink the great American middle class indefinitely and get away with it. Millions of people watch him, feeling that he expresses their own concerns. Now, in his first book, Cafferty kicks his outrage into high gear with a brilliant condemnation of some of the most egregious and infuriating boondoggles, screw-ups, and swindles ever perpetrated on the American public. With both logic and heart, he assesses the ongoing damage done to our American democracy by the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, illegal immigration, cowboy diplomacy, and the media that have often been all too willing to overlook or even encourage these nightmares.

While his sights are set primarily on President George W. Bush and his team—Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Rice, Brownie, and many more—Cafferty is an equal-opportunity curmudgeon. With the same intensity, he goes after the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi, the ACLU, and some causes beloved by liberals while sizing up the leading candidates for the 2008 presidential race.

Cafferty argues that those in power are so isolated from the rest of the population and so indebted to the corporations, lobbyists, and tycoons who finance their campaigns and hire them when they leave office that they simply don't have a clue what life is like for most Americans and don't care enough to find out. Cafferty does care—and he shows it. It's Getting Ugly Out There shares many of the thoughtful, hilarious, perceptive, and moving e-mail messages from viewers of the "Cafferty File." These include some of the unprecedented thousands of e-mails received by CNN in the two days following Cafferty's resounding denunciation of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina—the ultimate example of indifference to the plight of citizens in desperate straits.

Passionate, controversial, and in your face, It's Getting Ugly Out There is a rarity among current-affairs books—a searing, hard-hitting critique of the powers that be, not from the left or the right, but straight from the heart of a proud mainstream American.

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* ""It is ugly out there and Cafferty doesn't make it any prettier. Instead, it makes it easier to understand."" (Syndicated Review by Tribune Media Services, November 4, 2007)

His deep, fatherly voice may evoke the comfort of an old-fashioned, Conkrite-era news broadcast, but newsman Cafferty has made a career of saying whatever he damn well pleases: ""I get paid to ask questions I don't know the answers to and to complain about the things that bother me."" Reading the television news correspondent's first book feels much like watching his segments on CNN's The Situation Room, in which he follows a similarly straightforward formula: denounce bad leadership, media shortcomings and government missteps with a satirical tone just above withering. From Katrina to Iraq, from immigration to terrorism, from Bush-baiting to big business, Cafferty admits to ""saying some pretty outrageous stuff"" in order to get his audience riled up. Aside from skewering congress, shaming rich white guys, and repudiating Anna Nicole (the ""peroxide blonde never-was""), Cafferty sheds some light on his own life, sharing personal episodes about disrespecting his boot camp drill sergeants and letting his terrier defecate in the lobby of the Des Moines television station for which he was working. Without his rich vocal presence, Cafferty's tough talking cynicism can become grating, but also cuts through, with ease, a media climate thick with rigid ideology and tabloid excess. (Sept.) (Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2007)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470144794
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/10/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,273,653
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.37(h) x 1.04(d)

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