Saturday, October 12, 2019

My Book Review: Unfreedom of the Press - This Book is Bound to Make an Impact on You!

Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin

Book Title: Unfreedom of the Press
Author: Mark R. Levin

As reported in UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS, 80 percent of Democrats trust the media, while 80 percent of Republicans distrust the media.  Why is that?

When I was a liberal (before the crazy leftists took over), I thought the media was fair. That's because they were telling me what I wanted to hear. NBC and CNN and The New York Times, those were the good news sources.  Fox News was a bad news source. That's what I was told, and that's what I believed.

But I've walked away from the left, and now my head is clear. Today, I'm a conservative, and today I'm well aware that the mainstream media is biased toward the left.  If you're a conservative, you're aware of it, too. As Levin reports, President Trump often mentions CBS, CNN, NBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post as the worst displayers of bias.

Therefore, UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS, by Mark R. Levin, isn't a book that will shock conservatives with the basics. We already know the basics. What the book does is dive into examples and the history of the biased press.

Those on the right will love this book, and I hope those on the left and in the middle will learn something too.  Your mind, especially if you're on the left, has to be opened to learning the truth. However, I guess that a liberal wouldn't read this book unless he or she was willing to be opened minded to what's going on.

Levin is a nationally syndicated talk-radio host, host of LevinTV, chairman of the Landmark Legal Foundation, the host of Fox News' "Life, Liberty & Levin," and the author of many New York Times #1 bestselling books. His book UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS explores our media and leaves no doubt that they have become advocates of an agenda rather than objective news sources.

I learned a lot from the book.  Examples?

- I learned that at least 24 journalists transitioned from media jobs to working in the Obama administration. And, of course, there are people like George Stephanopoulos who we see at ABC and who worked for President Clinton, and MSNBC's Chris Matthews who worked for President Carter and Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill, and Jake Tapper with CNN who worked for Democratic congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and Handgun Control Inc. If you can stand to watch any of these people, they are highly anti-Trump, and if they ever hid their bias, they don't now.

- I know that members of the press have said disgusting things about President Trump, but the book gave me at least SEVEN PAGES of samples, such as:

When Trump "goes out there and whips people up, it's like a Mussolini rally. And yes, that's what I said." – Joe Scarborough, MSNBC

"Donald Trump is a racist. He isn't just a white supremacist – he's a flat-out, full racist . . . " - Former New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston

As far as Scarborough's comment, I've been to a Trump rally.  The media told me that it would be a racist, dangerous place. They lied. The people were some of the nicest I've met. (There's a lot of examples of Scarborough's nonsense in Levin's book. Frankly, Scarborough, I don't know how you look in the mirror when you come home after work.  Is money that important to you?)

As far as Trump being a racist and a white supremacist, a racist and a white supremacist does not do things for the black community, for example, that Trump has.  So I have zero respect for David Cay Johnston or people like him. To see an excellent run-down of the things Trump has done for the black community, watch this approximately 19-minute video by Benji Irby called DONALD TRUMP IS NOT A RACIST! And I got the RECEIPTS to prove it! Watch if you dare....  Benji is a black, gay, conservative Trump supporter who walked away from the Democrats and who got sick and tired of people lying about Trump by calling him a racist and a white supremacist.

So yeah, Levin gives us at least seven pages of these ridiculous comments.  These are comments coming from supposedly educated people.

-He goes into the history of the "Russian Hoax" and the audacity and arrogance of news organizations, such as The New York Times. Their executive editor Dean Baquet said, "We wrote a lot about Russia, and I have no regrets. It's not our job to determine whether or not there was illegality." Yeah, I bet it's not.  You're so biased now, that you don't even care.

-Levin gives us more info on Jim Acosta, who used the White House Press briefings to perform and become a "star." Later, he secured a book deal. He has no interest in asking responsible questions and honestly informing the public.  It's all about him and his spotlight. (I like the fact that his book has sold less than some of the bestseller indie authors I know.  Currently, at Amazon, his book in hardcover is at #39,343 in Books. That's nothing. His Kindle version is at #69,281. That's even worse. Meanwhile, Levin's hardcover book is at 425 in the ranking, and his Kindle version is at 4,521. Way better than Acosta's book. That shows me that people are wise to Acosta and his antics.)

-I had no idea that The New York Times (and others) played a role in downplaying or ignoring the Holocaust when it occurred.  Levin goes into that history. This was especially interesting to me because I do know that the Times has shown anti-semitism more than once.

-Levin goes into detail as to why the leftist media is so in love with "Hamilton" the musical. He explains why Hamilton's life validates their "resistance" platform.

-He gives us examples of how the Democrats committed acts of collusion and how the press never cared as they do about the so-called collusion they have accused Donald Trump.

As Levin explains, the leftists claim Trump is trying to change America. (He probably would like to see abortion illegal. But we have Roe v. Wade, and I don't believe that will change.) But it's the leftists who want open borders, free health care, free education, the end of the Electoral College, the end of ICE, and more.

Gaslighting is "a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity." The left is good at that. They are also excellent at projection. That's when they accuse you of doing what they do.  An excellent example of projection is when Hillary Clinton said, about Trump, that anyone who doesn't accept the results of an election is a threat to democracy.  Yet, it's she who hasn't accepted the results of the 2016 election, despite the fact that we're almost at the end of 2019.  She gets on TV and spews her nonsense nonstop.  Yet, no media challenges her because they support her and her ridiculous narratives.

When I was a liberal, I was easily manipulated.  Becoming a conservative saved me from that. I'm now an independent thinker, and my eyes are wide open to what the left does. That said, when I see the right doing it (which is rare), I acknowledge it. For example, if Trump criticized someone for having an extramarital affair, I believe that would be hypocritical.  Why? Well, you know why.  Trump is known for being with other women while married.  I doubt his wives knew about these women while it was going on.  If they did, then I apologize, President Trump.

On page 221, despite what Levin has said about the press, he said he doesn't like that Trump calls the press the "enemy of the people." Well, as I just told you, I'm an independent thinker.  I don't care what Levin says on this. I'm glad Trump calls the press the "enemy of the people."

It's a shame that I no longer watch ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, or read The New York Times or The Washington Post. It's a shame that I've had to unsubscribe from The New Yorker and Time Magazine. It's a shame how the media treats Melania Trump, and it's a shame that I no longer read fashion magazines because all of them refuse to put the beautiful Melania, a former professional model, on their covers.

Yeah, the press is "the enemy of the people."  Trump, unlike anyone else, is brave enough to say it.

Levin said he wrote his book to "jump-start a long overdue and hopefully productive dialogue among the American citizenry on how best to deal with the complicated and complex issue of the media's collapsing role as a bulwark of liberty, the civil society, and republicanism." Thank you, Mr. Levin.

My opinion of the press has permanently changed, and I will never think of them as fair again.  However,  I appreciate what Levin has offered to the public. UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS is an informative book filled with facts. It's not particularly exciting. What I mean is that if Levin has a sense of humor, you don't see it in this book.  You might even get bored at times.  But this book is so filled with facts and useful information that it gets five stars from me.

I give this book: *****

Next Up: The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump

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11/11/2019 - Comments are closed.

12 comments:

Brian Joseph said...

Hi Thanks for reaching out to me on Twitter.

I really disagree with much that you say here as well as the content of the book. Instead of digging into points of disagreement I will mention something where we might have some common ground. That is, you mentioned some craziness. On the left. I do think that you overstate the extent of it. I also think that things are a lot worse on the right. With that, I would describe myself as belonging to the line humanistic part of the left. Thus, I criticize a portion of the left all the time. This is a group that many are calling postmodernists. They are obsessed with “identity” advocate censorship, side with oppressors in the developing world and advocate all sorts of other bad ideas. I describe them as illiberal.

I will say that I dislike Trumpism even more, but that is a different story.

CBR said...

Yes, you and I are on two different political sides of the aisle, which is fine. However, I’m a strong supporter of freedom of speech on my blog for any and all comments that aren’t abusive (such as someone calling me a Nazi.) So, thank you for your comment.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review. When I was young I felt sorry for the people of Russia and China because they didn't know what was going on in the world. As I've aged I've watched our media become more like Pravda.
The way media and online platforms are colluding to stifle conservative voices is fascism at it's finist. This is one of the reasons I walked away.
Nice job on the review I will pick up the book just so I will have the facts on hand.

CBR said...

Yes, I believe the US media is behaving more and more like communist media. I wish I was wise to it when I was a liberal, but thanks to President Trump, my eyes are open to it now.

Unknown said...

I was always apolitical until the Bush regime. When Donald Trump came along I liked what he had to say more than I liked the man himself. I am appalled at how he and his family have been treated by the press. Following that, it leads me to see where the left wants to take this Country and it's not pretty unless you are a member of the elitists on the left who want to "rule" the world as a One World Order. Believe me; my eyes are wide open and I appreciate your review and your friendship.

Pamela Brown said...

Great review of a book from an excellent writer. I am also a former Democrat, I can't call myself a Republican but I am very conservative in my beliefs. I used to think that I was a Republican until President Trump began his campaign, I learned from his campaign that the people that I thought were fighting for me were really just all talk and no action. It because obvious with the no repeal of Obamacare and no legislation on illegal immigration. Now to see Mitt Romney always go against the president has opened my eyes to the fact that our president is implementing the policies that the Republicans have campaigned on for years. I don't understand why they don't support him more unless they were lying to us all along. I applaud Mr. Levin for this book, he is a great writer.

CBR said...

To Unknown: In the beginning, I was going to vote for Ben Carson. I didn't take Donald Trump seriously. But then Carson dropped out and ENDORSED Trump. When I saw that Carson, a respected and intelligent brain surgeon, endorsed Trump, and I heard him tell us why I became a Trump supporter. Now, I LOVE TRUMP. Trump is someone that you have to get used to, but once you do, you're all in! After all, Trump is politically incorrect. Republicans and conservatives aren't used to that. We're used to Republicans being all nice and spineless. I'm sick of nice and spineless, plus, nice and spineless could not have beat Crooked Hillary. We needed a Trump for that.

CBR said...

To Pamela: Thank you! Yes, I too am a former Democrat, and I'm not a Republican. Also, I too used to be a Republican until I saw how spineless the Republican party is. So I left the Republican party and became an Independent. So I'm an independent conservative and a Trump supporter. Mitt Romney, Anthony Scaramucci, and that type are just RINOs who are pissed at Trump for not giving them what they want. Romney wanted a position in the White House. He didn't get it. Scaramucci got fired. He kept calling the White House trying to get back in, but Trump wouldn't let him back in. So Romney and Scaramucci are just mad at Trump and trying to get revenge. Screw them. Smart conservatives know what those snakes in the grass are all about. #DrainTheSwamp

TEF said...

I agree with you. I hate political correctness. It's another term for lying to me. I too was thinking of voting for Dr. Carson. He would have done a great job but he is not tough enough to handle the Left. Trump is awesome and what the American People see is that he loves this country and is doing a good job against the worst adversity I have ever seen in my life. Those people are cruel and evil

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a very comprehensive and helpful review of Unfreedom of the Press. It sounds like a book that every American should read. I too, am a former Democrat who walked away from the Party when the MSM fell in love with Barack Obama and refused to vet him with any kind of objectivity. It soon became clear to me then that the Party had left me, and I needed to leave the Party. There is no longer a place for a pro-life, Bible believing Christian woman in the Democrat Party, and the MSM have become nothing but a propaganda arm of said Party. It is a shame not only for our country, but for the noble profession of journalism. -Erica C.

CBR said...

To TEF: Yes, I would have voted for Carson had he been the nominee. But, I'm glad he didn't get it. He's not strong enough.

CBR said...

To Anonymous (2): Thank you. Yes, every American should read it. Fake news is real, and Trump exposed it. (Project Veritas just did an undercover video on CNN. They are a complete propaganda network, but we all know that with or without the Project Veritas video.) Right, the media totally protected the anointed one Barack Obama. Obama knew this. He knew he was protected. Yes the media is nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Democratic party. Plus, as the Project Veritas video reminds us, it's all about ratings, too. They can pull in the Resistance with their anti-Trump stuff. (Part One of the Expose CNN video can be found here - https://www.projectveritas.com )