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Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power

The Rise and Risks of the New Conservative Hate Culture

Gerry Spence

St. Martin's Press

Ann Coulter. Laura Ingraham. Nancy Grace. Bill O'Reilly. Sean Hannity. Pat Robertson.Their faces and voices are ubiquitous: the shrill shrieks and strident bellowings that drown out all debate and set every listener on edge, using God’s and Jesus’s names to justify oppression and ignorance, and spread falsehoods as if they were facts. They occupy the bully pulpit of the new American hate culture: the television and radio programs watched and heard by millions of people that shape the opinions and set the agendas of churches, school boards, political action groups, and ultimately those we have elected to represent all of us.
Gerry Spence takes dead aim at the media demagogues who wield their power with such virulent effect. Using the full force of his own rhetorical skill—developed through decades as a legendary defense attorney—Spence exposes the people behind the words, and carves their arguments with the rough edge of his tongue. Anyone who has had it up to here will cheer to see these bullies met and conquered on their own turf.

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Chapter One 
Hate Sells
 
Meet Its Prime-time Peddler, Nancy Grace
 
I can see them now--endless waves of humanoids, one might suppose from another planet; an angry mob stretching from coast to coast; millions of staring, hating voyeurs melded to their screens, watching some bloodthirsty blonde eviscerate whoever has been tabbed as the day's victim. In times past, say, in Rome at the Colosseum, the crowd was enthralled by blood and gore and human entrails torn from the prey of starved beasts. The lionesses then were as vicious as the ripping blondes on our television
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  • Gerry Spence

  • GERRY SPENCE, writer and attorney, lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is the author of numerous books including How to Argue and Win Every Time, 0.J. the Last Word, The Making of a Country Lawyer, From Freedom to Slavery, A Boy's Own Summer, and Win Your Case.
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Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power

The Rise and Risks of the New Conservative Hate Culture

Gerry Spence

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