Thursday, October 6, 2011

"The Backlash" Now Out In Paperback

Media Matters August 3, 2011

Dear Friend,

Last year, we introduced you to The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama. The Backlash is a thoroughly researched, informative and intriguing book about the Tea Party's emergence written by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Media Matters for America senior fellow Will Bunch.

We wanted to let you know that The Backlash was just released in paperback and is now available online.

In The Backlash, Bunch examines the political conditions, personalities, right-wing machinery and media activity that shaped the Tea Party. Indeed, during the past few years Media Matters has demonstrated that the commercial news media -- most notoriously Fox News -- had a significant role in fueling and sustaining the Tea Party. But now, a year after The Backlash was released, some parts of the landscape look different.

Thanks in part to your efforts, one of the Tea Party's loudest cheerleaders, Glenn Beck, no longer has a national TV platform to promote the Tea Party. Further, in a recent interview with Newsweek, Fox News executives reportedly admitted that the network took a sharp turn to the right during a period overlapping with the Tea Party's growth. Yet, The Backlash's insights remain valuable, especially since its central arguments have withstood the test of hindsight.

You can order your paperback edition of The Backlash here.

The Backlash is the definitive book for anyone who wants to understand what the Tea Party is really all about and how the media helped cultivate it.

Ari Rabin-Havt
Executive Vice President
Media Matters for America

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