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The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sharyl Attkisson

Narrated By: Sharyl Attkisson

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2017

Duration: 11 hours 21 minutes

Summary:

Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The New York Times bestselling author of Stonewalled pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinions.

Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda; an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist, or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth, but these media-driven "hit pieces" are designed to obscure the truth. Success hinges on the Smear artist’s ability to remain invisible; to make it seem as if their work is neither calculated nor scripted. It must appear to be precisely what it is not.

Veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson has witnessed this practice firsthand. After years of being pitched hit jobs and puff pieces, she’s an expert at detecting Smear campaigns. Now, the hard-hitting investigative reporter shares her inside knowledge, revealing how the Smear takes shape and who its perpetrators are—including Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and, most influential of all, "right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin" (National Review) political operative David Brock and his Media Matters for America empire.

Attkisson exposes the diabolical tactics of Smear artists, and their outrageous access to the biggest names in political media—operatives who are corrupting the political process, and discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.

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  • Brian H

    I enjoyed this book very much. We all know politics and the media are corrupt. The information in this audio helps explain how bad the corruption is. This audio is very insightful and interesting and it ignites anger. We are in trouble

  • Jared W

    This is brilliant work one of the best and most informative books that I have ever had the privilege to listen to. God bless Sharyl Attkisson! You have opened my eyes to the vast amount propaganda that has been arrayyed against truth, reason, and political cooperation. I'll make sure to keep an eye out for any of your future books!