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100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (ISBN 0-06-076128-8) is a book by Bernard Goldberg that was published in 2005. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links 100_People_Who_Are_Screwing_Up_America. ... Bernard Bernie Goldberg (born 1945) is an American writer, journalist, and political commentator. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The book's central idea is to name and blame a long list of specific individuals for making the United States a "far more selfish, vulgar, and cynical place."


Goldberg's book denounces people, mostly celebrities, politicians and newscasters, and takes umbrage at high-profile incidents like Janet Jackson exposing herself "in front of one-fifth of all the kids in America under age eleven" during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show (p. vi). It decries as "Hollywood blowhards" actors who call American politicians "Nazis" while praising "dictators like Fidel Castro". (pp. vii-ix) Goldberg's chapter for Courtney Love is simply the word "ho." This article is about the singer. ... Janet Jackson covers her exposed breast immediately after Justin Timberlake tears off part of her wardrobe to expose it Super Bowl XXXVIII, which was broadcast live on February 1, 2004 from Houston, Texas, was noted for a controversial halftime show in which Janet Jacksons bare breast was exposed by... Nazism in history Nazi ideology Nazism and race Outside Germany Related subjects Lists Politics Portal         Nazism or National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the ideology and practices of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party, German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) under Adolf Hitler. ... Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (born on August 13, 1926) is the current President of Cuba but on indefinite medical hiatus. ... Courtney Love[1] (born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ...


The book takes aim at "liberals [who are] snooty, snobby know-it-alls, who have gotten angrier and angrier in recent years and who think they're not only smarter, but also better than everyone else, especially everyone else who lives in a 'red state' - a population they see as hopelessly dumb and pathetically religious." (p. x) Map of results by state of the 2004 U.S. presidential election, representing states won by the Democrats as blue and those won by the Republican Party as red. ...


In 2006, Goldberg updated his book, releasing 110 People Who Are Screwing Up America, in which he adds 10 more entries to his list.

Contents

Praise

Conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg (no relation), editor of National Review, said the following of the book:[1] Jonah Jacob Goldberg (born March 21, 1969), is an American political commentator and writer. ... National Review (NR) is a biweekly magazine of political opinion, founded by author William F. Buckley, Jr. ...

Goldberg is no down-the-line conservative, and you are certain to disagree with some of his choices and rankings -- and probably also with his often salty language. Nevertheless, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (and Al Franken is #37) is a rollicking and revealing look at 100 of the most egregious obstacles on the path of our nation's return to glory.

A review by Brent Bozell, President of the conservative Media Research Center, also offered praise for the book:[2] Leo Brent Bozell III[1] (born July 14, 1955 in Washington, DC[1]), better known as L. Brent Bozell III[2], L. Brent Bozell, or simply Brent Bozell[3], is the founder and president of the Media Research Center, the Conservative Communications Center, and the Cybercast News Service. ... Image:BBozell. ...

100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is No. 37) is out, and it's a wonderful read for anyone not on that list.
It's easy to presume that this is the conservatives' answer to recent published tirades against the Right by leftists like Franken and Michael Moore, but there are important distinctions. First, Goldberg doesn't limit the list to those on the Left. Jimmy Swaggart makes the list, as does Michael Savage. Many in the religious Right will quarrel with his selection of Judge Roy Moore. All should applaud his choice of David Duke.

Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Pentecostal preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s. ... Michael Savage is the pseudonym of Michael Alan Weiner (born March 31, 1942), a controversial[1] American conservative talk radio host, author, and political pundit. ... For the baseball player, see Roy Moore (baseball). ... David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, a candidate in presidential primaries for both the Democratic and Republican parties, and former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. ...

Criticism

Conservative vs. liberal selections

The book has faced criticism for its perceived bias by predominantly blaming liberals for the decline of society. Just eight of Goldberg's 100 selections are associated with the conservative right.


Cathy Young, who was praised in the book for her criticism of feminism, has argued that the conservatives on Goldberg's list are either "safe" targets who are not powerful or influential in conservative circles, or "tokens" inserted to create the appearance that Goldberg is not being partisan. She suggests that discredited televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, for instance, is a "safe" alternative to Pat Robertson, who is still a fixture on the Christian right. Pointing out that Goldberg asserts he is not taking political sides, Young questions why his criticisms of "haters" who "demonize" their opponents extends to multiple individuals on the left, but only a single conservative, talk radio host Michael Savage. She suggests that Ann Coulter would certainly belong on the list, but Goldberg only mentions her by way of making a favorable comparison to Savage. Young also suggests that Goldberg employs a double standard in defending Coulter because she offers invective "with a twinkle in her eye" while simultaneously dismissing the notion that some of Al Franken's statements should be taken less seriously because he is engaging in satire. Cathy Young Cathy Young (Ekaterina Jung) was born in the Soviet Union in 1963. ... Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Pentecostal preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s. ... Marion Gordon Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is a televangelist from the United States. ... Michael Savage is the pseudonym of Michael Alan Weiner (born March 31, 1942), a controversial[1] American conservative talk radio host, author, and political pundit. ... Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961)[1] is an American best-selling author, columnist and political commentator. ...


The other conservative targets on the list are Judge Roy Moore (no. 21) the Alabama judge who flouted a court order in not removing a monument to the Ten Commandments, and disgraced former New York state senator Guy Velella (no. 94). [3] For the baseball player, see Roy Moore (baseball). ... Guy Velella is a former Republican New York State Senator. ...


Jon Stewart criticism

On July 13, 2005, Goldberg appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote the book. Stewart criticized the list for suggesting that liberals who do not hold positions of power, such as Barbara Streisand, were responsible for problems in America, while conservatives who held powerful positions in the Bush Administration or Republican Congress were not held responsible for anything. Goldberg agreed that the list included more liberals than conservatives but responded that his book dealt with cultural issues. Stewart also argued that the book focused on a "culture war" he sees as largely "fabricated," and said, "I wish smart guys like you spent less time worrying about Barbra Streisand and more time worrying about Richard Perle or Karl Rove, or whoever the Democrats had in those positions during the Clinton years." Goldberg argued in response that the culture is important and that he intended the book to raise the public discourse because many of the people on his list had turned public debate into bickering and name-calling. is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart on the set of The Daily Show The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, also known as TDS to fans and staffers) is a half-hour satirical fake news program produced by and run on the Comedy Central cable television network in... Not to be confused with John Stewart, John Stuart or Jonathan Stewart. ... Barbra Streisand on the cover of her album Higher Ground Barbra Streisand (born April 24, American singer and film actress, producer, and director. ... The culture war (or culture wars) in American usage is a metaphor used to claim that political conflict is based on sets of conflicting values. ... Barbra Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand; born April 24, 1942) is an American two time Academy Award-winning singer, film and theatre actress. ... Richard N. Perle (born 16 September 1941 in New York City) is an American political advisor and lobbyist who worked for the Reagan administration as an assistant Secretary of Defense and worked on the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee from 1987 to 2004. ... Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush until his resignation on 31 August 2007. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


Responses

Some of those included on the list have responded to the book humorously. Cartoonists Jeff Danziger and Ted Rall both said it was "an honor" to be included on the list, with the latter adding "Not only am I grouped with many people whom I admire for their achievements and patriotism, I'm being demonized by McCarthyite thugs I despise."[4]Entrepreneur Todd Goldman quipped that he "hope[s] to be ranked higher next year."[5] Jeff Danziger is a syndicated political cartoonist and author. ... A Ted Rall cartoon depicting John Kerry and George W. Bush. ... For the computer game by Peter Molyneux, see The Entrepreneur. ... Todd Harris Goldman is an American entrepreneur/artist. ...


Goldberg's book prompted a response from Jack Huberman, who wrote 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America (and Bernard Goldberg is Only #73)[6] Book cover 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America (and Bernard Goldberg is Only #73) (ISBN 1-56025-875-6), is a 2006 book by Jack Huberman. ...


Ten new entries were added in Goldberg's 2006 update, 110 People Who Are Screwing Up America. Among these were the Neo-Nazi vocal group Prussian Blue, anti-gay activist Fred Phelps, Jeremy Jaynes and several Supreme Court Justices. Prussian Blue is a white nationalist folk teen duo formed in early 2003 by Lynx Vaughan Gaede and Lamb Lennon Gaede (pronounced gay-dee or in IPA, ), fraternal twin girls born June 30, 1992 (age 14) and brought up in the United States. ... Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. ... Jeremy Jaynes (born 1974) was a prolific e-mail spammer, broadcasting junk e-mail from his home in North Carolina, United States. ... In order to become a Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, an individual must be nominated by the President of the United States and approved by the U.S. Senate, with at least half of that body approving in the affirmative. ...


Quotations

  • "Here's the problem, as far as I'm concerned: Over the years, as we became less closed-minded and more tolerant of all the right things, like civil rights, somehow, we became indiscriminately tolerant. 'You're so judgmental' became a major-league put-down in Anything Goes America – as if being judgmental of crap in the culture is a bad thing." (p. viii)
  • "If I have to explain it to you, you shouldn't be reading this book!" – referring to Michael Jackson.

Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ...

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Bernie Goldberg gets even From a Brent Bozell column at Townhall.com
  3. ^ The book on one-sidedness - The Boston Globe
  4. ^ Attacking liberals is high on his list From an Alex Beam piece in the Boston Globe
  5. ^ David and Goliath, Inc - Fun and more Fun, oh and tees too!
  6. ^ 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America (And Bernard Goldberg is Only #73) (Paperback)

For other uses, see Column (disambiguation). ... Townhall. ... Alex Beam (born 1954) is a writer and journalist, currently a columnist for the Boston Globe. ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ...

External links

  • 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. Who? Why? - details on individuals who made the list, plus book summary.
  • Who's Really Screwing Up America? - criticism of Goldberg's book from The Nation.
  • Sample and audio excerpt (Official publisher web page)
  • Interview with the author
The Nation (ISSN 0027-8378) is a weekly [1] U.S. periodical devoted to politics and culture, self-described as the flagship of the left. ...

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