St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, 10010
ISBN 0312312873 $24.95 342 pages
For years I had heard about the evils of the "liberal media" and thought little of it. After all, the same people making this claim are media too! The profession is filled with so many people that it's hard to put a name or face with the title. Finally, however, Myrna Blyth has done so. In her hard-hitting book, Spin Sisters, she places a much-needed list of names to the "liberal media" label. From the moment she begins the book until the end, Diane Sawyers, Barbara Walters, and others bear the brunt of her frustration. The fact that she too, was once a sort of "spin sister" as the Editor-In-Chief of Ladies Home Journal makes this frustration real.
Spin Sisters examines how women in the liberal media attempt to victimize women of America by creating the feeling of, and then preying on, hectic schedules, stress levels, and health issues. In a country with the most privileged women in generations, Blyth believes that today's liberal media is leading women astray for its collective political agenda. The only thing that Blyth seems to leave out is the fact that, while women in liberal media may pick the issues and victimize women in America, women in America continue to purchase these magazines, listen to the radio broadcasts, and watch the television shows.
Conservative women who don't necessarily do the above, but want to know what really happens in the minds of the liberal media gurus, need to read this book. While the historical lesson of the chapter called "How We Got From There to Here" mentions people not readily recognized by younger women, it is still extremely noteworthy in its detail. Women who share the same season of life as Blyth will receive a great deal of insight into the women's movement of the 60's and 70's as well as how liberal media affects them today.
Blyth ends the book with "6 Secrets the Spin Sisters Won't Tell You," a fascinating summary of her hardback. I personally recommend that readers indulge in this short section first and then go through Spin Sisters as a whole to gain a deeper understanding. It's a great book about how the liberal women's media spins political agendas.
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|Author:||Smith, S. Daniel|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
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