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The Obama Haters: Behind the Right-Wing Campaign of Lies, Innuendo & Racism [NOOK Book]

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On November 4, 2008, the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the forty-fourth president of the United States showed that the country had finally overcome its most hurtful, shameful, and enduring legacy-slavery. Though Obama's election showed progress, the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign and the Republican Party used age-old smear campaign tactics. Their operators pulled out all the stops in an attempt to win and spread falsehoods about Obama ...
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Overview

On November 4, 2008, the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the forty-fourth president of the United States showed that the country had finally overcome its most hurtful, shameful, and enduring legacy-slavery. Though Obama's election showed progress, the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign and the Republican Party used age-old smear campaign tactics. Their operators pulled out all the stops in an attempt to win and spread falsehoods about Obama that have only multiplied after the election.

The Obama Haters seeks to answer the following questions: Who are these Obama haters? Why do they despise him? Why do various news organizations, commentators, and political entities treat the same facts differently? Why are these pundits so powerful? In order to do so, Wright first lays out the democratic principles and civility toward which Americans should strive. Next, he investigates the persistent expressions of hatred for President Obama, connecting historic antecedents of political mudslinging along with the background of virulent right-wing smear tactics over the past two decades. And finally, he shines a harsh spotlight on the haters and fearmongers and their tactics.

While Americans have the right to criticize their political leadership, their reasons for disapproval should be based on facts. Those who invent and repeat lies to hurt the reputation of leaders weaken the democratic ideal. This book is for anyone who wishes to learn how to cut through the hypocrisy and propaganda to make informed decisions based on truth.
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“Many Americans, myself included, wonder what happened to our public discourse in the last few years. This book tells that story more vividly than any other I’ve read. If you want to know how the conservative media went off the rails and why elected representatives started calling Obama a traitor and a tyrant, John Wright is the perfect guide.”

“John Wright exposes how Obama's detractors have created a caricature of the president as a turban-wearing, Mecca-praying, Kenyan-born communist who learned his politics from bearded little men clutching hissing bombs. As Wright points out, what makes Obama’s self-appointed enemies different from haters of past presidents is that they will invent any tall tale to promote the lie that Obama is not a real American.”

“The value of this volume is in its calling out hate mongers before they encourage more political violence such as the January 2011 tragedy in Tucson. In effectively countering vicious lies about President Obama, John Wright makes a strong case for recognizing and marginalizing potentially dangerous hate speech thinly veiled as free speech. The words we choose to use color our world and perceptions and influence our behavior. Even when there is an absence of incitement to violence, there are those whose inner psyches are stimulated to ethnoviolence by such rhetoric.”

The Obama Haters is a compelling look at the profit-driven political opposition ‘industry’ that threatens civil discourse and rational solutions through lies, half-truths, and exploitation. It’s a must read for anyone who cares about what’s ailing our democracy and worries about the divisiveness and partisanship that’s tearing it apart.”

Library Journal
Hillary Clinton's 1998 allegation of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" that sought to cripple her husband's presidency resurfaces here as journalist Wright (Latin America editor, Energy News Today) discusses the forces seeking to undermine the Obama presidency. But he offers little new information or original analysis. Granted, there remains a strong racist element in American society that despises having a black President and produces a variety of hatred that no other U.S. President has had to endure. But it is no surprise that vocal conservatives are strongly opposed to the policies of the first non-Southern Democratic President in a half-century and will do whatever they believe is necessary to weaken him politically. Mudslinging, lies, name-calling, and dirty tricks have always been a staple of American politics. And in the age of the Internet and 24-hour news, bashing of politicians of every bent has become even more intense. VERDICT The author writes well but uses innuendo, slurs, and simplification much as those he accuses of hating President Obama do. While many Americans want a more civil tone between both ends of the political spectrum, this book offers little to advance us toward that goal.—Robert Bruce Slater, Stroudsburg, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597975735
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 623,210
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John Wright is an award-winning journalist with more than thirty-five years of experience. He has worked for the Associated Press in Latin America and Knight-Ridder (Bridge News), and served as the bureau chief for Dow Jones newswires in Brazil. He lives in the Seattle area.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    It's about time someone put these crazies in their place and called their bluff. Since Obama declared his candidacy, people were challenging his birth certificate, calling him a Muslim, a Communist, and all sorts of other nonsensical things. This book explores the phenomenon to try to make sense of such wild accusations and how they originated. I'm pretty well informed about the news, but I learned a lot about the smears and the people behind them. I bought a couple of extra copies to pass around to friends and relatives. This should be required reading for everyone no matter what is their political view. My only complaint is that I wish it were a bit longer.

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