Debunking Glenn Beck; how to save America from media pundits and propagandists.
This book is written as a critical response to Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government by Glenn Beck, the right-wing media pundit late of Fox News but still broadcasting on radio. Although this reviewer has not seen Beck's book, Rogers (philosophy, U. of Minnesota) seems to have covered the standard arguments typical of Beck's television show, related to such topics as constitutionalism, gun control, public education, energy politics, unions, illegal immigration, the welfare state, housing, health care, political progressivism, and "free market" economics. Considering that Beck's audience is very self-insulated and will presumably not be reading this volume en masse, perhaps the real value of this work is in its careful deconstruction of Beck's general style of argument and its critique of a media and political culture that allows such as Beck to thrive. (©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)
Review by Book News, Inc.