As Seen on Fox News

The Smear, by Sharyl Attkisson

Veteran journalist and bestselling author Sharyl Attkisson was on Tucker Carlson Tonight last night, and spoke about her new book, released today (see below).  In it, she exposes the practices of opposition research to reveal how political leaders use their influence to shape public opinion, connecting popular misconceptions to strategic smear campaigns that have influenced voters. This is expected to be a bestseller, with a 50,000 first printing.

One of the things that really struck me is how well she articulates what is going on with mainstream media. She likened it, in the extreme, to as it must be in North Korea. “If you have a TV and can watch the news, that it’s going to be a version that’s approved and put out by the State.” She went on to say that media is giving the public “an Artificial Reality” with an artificial narrative put out by political and corporate interests. I could not agree with her more.

The mouthpieces for the MSM scream loudly about how Fox News is a puppet for President Trump. I find the protests ironic when it is obvious that those huge media companies, controlled by huge global corporate parents, are putting out a controlled and coordinated message for Americans to consume. CNN’s John King tweeted that ” ‘Fox & Friends’ Is ‘State TV’ ” after the interview with the Trumps. I retweeted with the comment that “State TV implies Big Brother Propaganda. Ironic.”

The veteran journalist and best-selling author of Stonewalled exposes the practices of opposition research to reveal how political leaders use their influence to shape public opinion, connecting popular misconceptions to strategic smear campaigns that have influenced voters. This is expected to be a bestseller, with a 50,000 first printing. (Also available in eBook editions.) 

View Hardcover & Browse other titles

Our Price $22.40 (20% Discount – Same as Airports & Retailers)
Ships within 24 hours for a flat .99¢ rate.

From the publisher:

The veteran journalist and best-selling author of Stonewalled exposes the practices of opposition research to reveal how political leaders use their influence to shape public opinion, connecting popular misconceptions to strategic smear campaigns that have influenced voters. 50,000 first printing.


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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s