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Download e-book for iPad: Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative by David Brock

By David Brock

In a strong and deeply own memoir within the culture of Arthur Koestler's The God That Failed, David Brock, the unique right-wing scandal reporter, chronicles his upward push to the top of the conservative circulation and his painful holiday with it.

David Brock pilloried Anita Hill in a bestseller. His reporting within the American Spectator as a part of the notorious "Arkansas Project" brought on the process occasions that ended in the historical impeachment trial of President Clinton. Brock was once on the middle of the right-wing soiled methods operation of the Gingrich era--and a real believer--until he may possibly now not deny that the political strength he used to be advancing was once equipped on little greater than lies, hate, and hypocrisy.

In Blinded by means of the perfect, Brock, who got here out of the closet on the top of his conservative renown, tells his riveting tale from the start, giving us the 1st insider's view of what Hillary Rodham Clinton referred to as "the mammoth right-wing conspiracy." even if facing the right-wing press, the richly endowed imagine tanks, Republican political operatives, or the Paula Jones case, Brock names names from Clarence Thomas on down, uncovers hidden hyperlinks, and demonstrates how the Republican Right's zeal for energy created the toxic political weather that culminated in George W. Bush's election.

Now in paperback and with a brand new afterword by means of the writer, Blinded via the precise is a vintage political memoir of our occasions.

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The most successful among us would one day end up as top functionaries in right-wing Australian tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, or as hosts of cable TV chat shows. Others would give up intellectual pretensions altogether and go straight into politics, like Ralph Reed, the young mastermind behind the Christian Coalition. Blinded by the Right 33 In the age of Reagan, conservatism had cachet, thus many of us drifted into it easily, without really having to think our way there. The leaders of our generation had been drawn to Washington, rather than New York, where politics, not ideas, are central.

To the horror of many in the newsroom, Arnaud insisted on splashing the editorial across the front page. Arnaud’s action came two months after Reagan aide Oliver North had drafted a secret memo calling for the establishment of such a fund. Four editors quit the paper, accusing Arnaud of ordering changes in an editorial on South Korea after he discussed the subject with one of the owners, violating guarantees of editorial independence for the news department. Wire service copy was doctored in stories dealing with the Rev’s felony conviction for tax evasion.

I hadn’t known I was signing up for a movement, a well-financed, tightly run political machine intensely 21 D AV I D B R O C K 22 devoted to enacting a rigid ideological orthodoxy in the political realm. I knew nothing of the movement’s history: its roots in GOP Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s; its takeover of the Republican Party in Senator Barry Goldwater’s losing bid for the presidency in 1964; its exploitation of racial fears and cultural divisions in Richard Nixon’s victories; and the installation of one of its own into the presidency, Ronald Reagan, by fusing its secular anti-Communist, antiliberal wing with a burgeoning fundamentalist religious wing.

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