The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama

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  • Copyright: 2011-09-13
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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They think Obama Isn't an American citizen. They think Obama wants to put Americans in Concentration Camps. They think Obama is the Anti-Christ. This isn't just the Tea Party--Welcome to the Backlash. The election of Barack Obama provoked unparalleled anger on the far right that eventually twisted important national discussions and pushed ideas from the conservative fringe into the mainstream media. In this gripping exposE, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Will Bunch reveals the secrets behind the crusade against the president, exploring how forces like radical militia groups, the Tea Party, pro-gun zealots, and Glenn Beck have combined old-fashioned populist outrage with digital-age phobias to produce a wave of resentment that many have ridden straight to the bank. Pulling back the curtain on the paranoid politics of a new generation, Bunch exposes the opportunists who have embraced apocalyptic fearmongering, and shows how events such as the election of America's first African-American president, the economic recession, and the rise of social networking have created a dangerous political moment that poses legitimate risks to democracy in America.

Author Biography

Career journalist Will Bunch is a senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News and a senior fellow at Media Matters for America. His blog, Attytood, is one of the most successful political sites on the Web.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. xi
The Cassandra of Lower Delawarep. 1
The Incredible Story of How Obama Lost in 2008p. 29
The Becklashp. 55
Fear and-Loathing at Knob Creekp. 85
A Revolution of Nop. 111
Phoenix in the Ashesp. 137
The Broun Identityp. 171
The Nashville Predatorsp. 205
Hugewadsofmoney.comp. 233
"Pop"p. 261
The Battle of Waterloop. 291
Orlando Magicp. 325
Afterwardp. 349
Acknowledgmentsp. 357
Resourcesp. 361
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