I picked up the New York Times about an hour ago, turned to the book review, then hurled my Cheerios. The No. 1 book this week on the best-seller’s list: Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin.
For those of you who don’t know, the bookâ€”an analysis of the current administrationâ€”chronicles Barack Obama and “his team of tax cheats, petty crooks, influence peddlers and Wall Street cronies.”
For the record, I have no beef with conservative books. Obviously, I don’t love them. But if Rush and Hannity and O’Reilly wanna write, hey, go crazy. This, however, is baffling. How in the world can someone write a book analyzing a president’s first six months in office? First, writing a book actually takes research. And research takes times. Lots of time, if it’s done well. Journalistically speaking, it would be impossible for Malkin to write a detailed, well-researched, authoritative book in, oh, two months (which is probably how long she had to turn this around). I’d say the exact same thing were this written by Keith Olbermann or Bill Maher. It’s just not possible.
So what do we have? Yet another hack attack political book, contributing nothing to the discourse America needs.
Slamming Obama is fair game. But, if it’s gonna be in a book, it should at least be done well. And seriously. Too many of us in this profession work our asses offâ€”researching, reporting, digging, etc.
This is a joke.