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This riveting e-book offers a nonpartisan exam of the way the technological adjustments and monetary imperatives of the media have resulted in an entertainment-driven information procedure poorly fitted to file on American politics.
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Com/wp-dyn/context/article/2008. 9. Ibid. 10. Much has been written recently on the impact of the Internet on the American political system, including work by Richard Davis (The Web of Politics: The Internet’s Impact on the American Political System), Doris Graber (Processing Politics, 2001) and Andrew Chadwick (Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communications Technologies, 2006). 11. ” Time, June 23, 2008, 40. 12. James Poniewozik, Personal interview with author, June 9, 2008. 13. Michael Cavna, “Comedians of Clout,” Washington Post, June 12, 2008, C01.
Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, The Broken Branch (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), 146. 7. Dan Eggan and Paul Kane, “Justice Department Would Have Kept ‘Loyal’ Prosecutors,” Washington Post, March 16, 2007, A02. 8. This was exposed most embarrassingly when blogger James Dale Guckert, operating under the nom de plume of “Jeff Gannon,” was outed as a Bush loyalist (and not a journalist) after asking an especially egregious question during a White House press brieﬁng. 9. For more on this phenomenon, called the “K Street Project,” see Nicholas Confessore’s article titled “Welcome to the Machine: How the GOP Disciplined K Street and Made Bush Supreme,” Washington Monthly (July/August 2003).
Partisanship can play a major role in the executive branch as well, conﬁrmed most clearly in the executive style of President George W. Bush. The politicization of both foreign and domestic policymaking made his White House one that valued party loyalty over all else. In order to put his policy program into effect, Bush relied on a “take no prisoners” style, perhaps best exempliﬁed in his statement to the international community in our war on terror: You’re either with us or against us. S. ”7 The upshot of such a divisive and loyalty-bound administrative style is the rejection of oppositional thought and strict adherence to a sole ideological philosophy, which served President Bush and the GOP well in the ﬁrst years of the Bush administration.