Run, don't walk, to pick up Eric Boehlert's "Lapddogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush." It details what anyone with three brain cells left (I thankfully have four) knows about the American media's coverage of the most corrupt and deliberately secretive White House of my lifetime.
From the description:
"The Bush White House never subscribed to the view -- commonly held by previous administrations -- that the relationship with the press is an important part of the democratic process. Instead, it saw the press as just another special interest group that needed to be appeased or held at bay -- or, in some cases squashed. The administration actively undermined the basic tenets of accurate and fair journalism, and reporters and editors accepted their reduced roles without a whimper. To an unprecedented degree, journalists stopped asking uncomfortable questions of people in power. In essence, the entire purpose and pursuit of journalism was sacrificed."
An opulent way of saying that we happily handed over our balls, but the truth either way.
My typical motto when it comes to what I choose to read is, "tell me something I don't know." That's why I read a lot of books about lesbians. This one is worth picking up though simply for the fact that it catalogs the Bush administration's manhandling of the media -- and our response, or lack thereof, to it -- simply and irrefutably. It's all the ammunition you'll need to take on that one GOP apologist at your next cocktail party. Well, that and the cheese log. Those things make great weapons.