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A Book Review
by Joy Renee

Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You
By Paul Waldman
2004
Sourcebooks Inc

Subject: George W. Bush; critique of Bush administration; critique of Media

"Ignorance, inattentiveness, and indifference are Bush's greatest political allies. He nurtures them and depends on them, for without them he would be lost." (p, xix) So says Waldman in the final paragraph of his introduction to his book which rounds up a plethora of statements and assertions by President Bush and members of his administration and corrals them with the facts. And he reminds us that Bush had defined himself during his candidacy as honest and a man of integrity. This was deliberate fraud, Waldman charges, and the complacency and/or outright complicity of the American media abetted its perpetration on our nation. Waldman then challenges us in our role as citizens of a democracy, to do our duty and question vigorously all that we are being told. The facts that refute the lies are out there, in the public domain in many forums. Waldman presents many and directs us to the sources. It is incumbent on us to foreswear passive assent and inform ourselves and when necessary to dissent. Because one of the biggest of the frauds being foisted on us is the assertion that dissent is unpatriotic. When in reality informed dissent is the very soul of a democracy. Inform yourself. Read this book.

Paul Waldman holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School . He specializes in analyses of the interplay of media and politics. He is a former associate director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center , and currently the executive editor of the internet magazine The Gadflyer launched in January 2004.

2004 by Joy Renee Davis

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