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Something is wrong with American journalism. Long before “fake news” became the calling card of the Right, Americans had lost faith in their news media. But lately, the feeling that something is off has become impossible to ignore. That’s because the majority of our mainstream news is no longer just liberal; it’s woke. Today’s newsrooms are propagating radical ideas that were fringe as recently as a decade ago, including “antiracism,” intersectionality, open borders, and critical race theory. How did this come to be?

It all has to do with who our news media is written by—and who it is written for. In Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy, Batya Ungar-Sargon reveals how American journalism underwent a status revolution over the twentieth century—from a blue-collar trade to an elite profession. As a result, journalists shifted their focus away from the working class and toward the concerns of their affluent, highly educated peers. With the rise of the Internet and the implosion of local news, America’s elite news media became nationalized and its journalists affluent and ideological. And where once business concerns provided a countervailing force to push back against journalists’ worst tendencies, the pressures of the digital media landscape now align corporate incentives with newsroom crusades.

The truth is, the moral panic around race, encouraged by today’s elite newsrooms, does little more than consolidate the power of liberal elites and protect their economic interests. And in abandoning the working class by creating a culture war around identity, our national media is undermining American democracy. Bad News explains how this happened, why it happened, and the dangers posed by this development if it continues unchecked.

©2021 Batya Ungar-Sargon (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Balanced, informative, and insightful

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I purchased “Bad News”, but I was impressed by the author’s willingness to appear on conservative, mainstream, and liberal media to discuss her book and opinions. “Bad News” is the best book I have read on the historical and current state of the news media in the US. Refreshingly, it is neither a liberal nor conservative polemic. Finally, the author provides terrific advice on how to heal the wounds of division and polarization in our country.

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Tried of the one-sided finger-pointing

A thoughtful and balanced view of our current social and political environment. Unlike many, Ungar-Saron has done the research, providing facts to support her conclusions. I also enjoyed her reading her own work.

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Uncommon common sense from the left

Clearly conceptualizing the cultural conflicts Batya speaks the intuitive language of the right and moderates. And we are her audience. Yes we have long known these issues. Yes we know the left lacks the basic objectivity to judge anything correctly. The brain washed abuse their power with the fervor of cult leaders. We pity them and press on to undo the damage in their wake.

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Incredible read!

Thank you Batya for offering your insightful commentary! As a member of the left, your book framed so much of our culture-war discourse in a brand new perspective.

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A must read

Baths has written a thoughtful history of the change in news media from the time of Pulitzer to the present how it has change and how it impacts our current culture and the delivery of news. She has also laid out a worthwhile argument outlining the use of a racial divide in the media to mask the true issue which is an economic divide in America today. Even if you disagree with these postulates I challenge you to put your beliefs aside and listen to this book

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Batya for President!

This woman is remarkable. She hit the nail square on the head regarding identity politics and the issues dividing the country. God bless this woman

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Facts about the current state of our Republic.

This is a guide for a better USA, get to downloading already. I'm on the hunt for the next one.

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I learned so much from this book. Amazing

I had seen Ms. Ungar-Sargon on a few segments of the Rising Podcast and was very impressed with her intelligence, charm, and easy-going ways. When I saw this new book which dealt with issues I already suspected and was interested in, I dove right in, and what a book it is. I think whatever your political orientation or perspective is, this book is a must-read as she details and explains why we are experiencing such sour and bitter political discourse. News has been commoditized and it's in the financial interest of news organizations to create discord. I've always known politics is that way, but the fourth estate, whom some say is the most important component of our political well-being, is being destroyed.

Batya Ungar-Sargon has researched the origins of this, but I think one thing was left out, and that is the TV show "Crossfire" which first aired in 1982 on CNN. Basically, the format pitted a politically liberal pundit vs a conservative pundit. The news became a sporting event, with a winner and a loser. No more attempt at common ground. And if there's one thing Americans like, it's competition. That may be good in sports, but not in news information.

I highly recommend the book, and the author did an excellent job as narrator.

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Best account of current media

Batya’s methodology and analysis of the current media environment is insightful, thorough, and accurate. Journalists who wish to become pure and honest in their craft must read/listen to this book! Outstanding work!