Lapdogs

Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush
by Eric Boehlert [Free Press]

Boehlert’s coverage of national journalism and politics was one of the best things about Salon.com for years. Now his first book, a characteristically articulate indictment of the DC press corp’s soft-glove treatment of the Bush administration, does not disappoint. In addition to detailing and analyzing press failures which will be familiar to many readers, Lapdogs attempts to catalog and fathom the administration’s contempt for press access and the national media’s willingness to be cowed and marginalized. Self-consciously following in the footsteps of fellow media observer Eric Alterman, Boehlert also explores the connection between mainstream journalists' behavior and right-wing attacks on the "liberal media." -jl

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