Hollywood Nation

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Crown Publishing Group, Aug 30, 2005 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Now entering Hollywood Nation—where fact blurs with fiction, virtue with vice

Millions of Americans are outraged by the radical politics of self-appointed celebrity pundits like Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, Sean Penn, and Susan Sarandon. And actually, these stars’ public pronouncements could be the least of our worries, as New York Times bestselling author and media critic James Hirsen reveals in Hollywood Nation.

Now more than ever, Hirsen shows, Hollywood elites are blurring the lines between entertainment and news to force their views onto the rest of the country. With their politically charged films, distorted documentaries, and skewed docudramas, they’re trying to set the agenda with little regard for the truth. Even worse, many so-called journalists are doing the same thing, dangerously mixing information and entertainment in an attempt to ratchet up ratings—and to inject their own views into the news.

Hollywood Nation also reveals how the New Media are now leading the counterattack against the relentless liberal assault that comes from East Coast newsrooms and Left Coast studios. Through his extensive research and exclusive interviews with news and entertainment iconoclasts—including Bill O’Reilly, Mel Gibson, Ann Coulter, Dick Morris, Peggy Noonan, Laurie Dhue, and many others—Hirsen shows how liberals can no longer dominate the political and cultural debates.

With a sharp eye and a keen wit, Hirsen takes the reader on a fun and fascinating journey through this Hollywood nation of ours. Along the way you’ll discover:

•How mainstream media figures’ fame fundamentally distorts the delivery of news

•How far news organizations are going in their quest to sex things up—and what celebrity journalists are saying about the plastic surgery push

•An exclusive behind-the-scenes account of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ—a fascinating story that captures how the Left is finally losing its stranglehold on information

•A cable news journalist spilling the beans about a rival news channel’s commercial stunt

•How Michael Moore’s films are heralding a new trend toward over-the-top liberal propaganda—but how a newly emerging conservative Hollywood is fighting back

•How the New Media are shaking things up and evening things out

These days we’re just one big Hollywood nation. James Hirsen reminds us all that we need to pay attention to the Hollywood influence—not least because we must combat it.

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About the author (2005)

James Hirsen is the author of the New York Times bestseller Tales from the Left Coast. He writes the popular weekly NewsMax.com column “The Left Coast Report” and regularly discusses Hollywood and politics on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, PBS, and Bravo and on radio programs across the country. Now a professor of law, Hirsen formerly played keyboards for the Temptations. He lives in southern California.

NewsMax.com is America’s leading Internet source for news from a conservative perspective, receiving more than five million unique visitors every month.

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