Originally posted by Anders
Its not worse or better. Its different.
That's ridiculous. Look at the kinds of books that are very popular with each group. The conservative books have been covered at the beginning of the thread. Most of them are books that we have all heard of, that are cited by bush-loving posters here in PO and the most well-known are written big media personalities.
In contrast, look at the popular "liberal" books. These are the big books that liberals read, talk about and cite in places like here in PO:
- House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties
- The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century (krugman)
- Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror
- The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill
- Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
- Plan of Attack (Woodward)
- Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
- Bushwhacked : Life in George W. Bushs America
- What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
- Dude, Where's My Country?
For the most part, these books are relatively analytical, somewhat dry criticisms of the Bush administration. A few of them were written from an insider point of view of the administration (Against All Enemies, Price of Loyalty, Plan of Attack) and the worst accusations in the title are "secret," "watergate," which refer to the administration in particular, and "liars," which refers to the administration and their supporters in the main stream media.
You are certainly correct when you say that it's "different" from the right wing best sellers that sell because they say that liberals themselves are treasonous, mentally ill, like terrorists, evil, etc.
In contrast, liberal best sellers sell when they come off as analytical critiques of the Bush administration, preferably insider critiques. Even Al Franken wrote Lying Liars to be perceived as basically more-academic-than-winger-books (footnotes and Harvard grad students) analysis littered with humor. Whether particular criticisms of certain bush admin policies aren't entirely fair or whether fact #329847 in the book isn't totally accurate is a separate debate, and that discussion seems rather trivial when we put it next to the hate spewing from the winger books.
So yes, it's different, but it's certainly not the same and they don't bank on spewing hate at millions of fellow americans.