Saturday, November 12, 2005

Book review: Do As I Say (Not As I Do) : Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy by Peter Schweizer

Peter Schweizer argues that the popular liberals idealists are not what they pretend that they are. He tries to show the contrast by pointing out the differences between what liberals say and what they really do. Although Schweizer agrees that the same hypocrisy could easily be found among conservatives but then he insists that liberal hypocrisy needs to be investigated by the journalists as much as they investigate the hypocrisy of conservatives.

Publishers Weekly blasts this book:

But many of his charges are egregiously hyperbolic, as when he suggests that Cornel West is a "segregationist" because he bought a home in a largely Caucasian suburb. Schweizer clearly knows the limitations of his argument, since he backpedals from many of his most damning statements in his closing remarks. For all its revelations, in the end, this volume reads less like a critique of liberal philosophy than a catalogue of ammunition for ad hominem bloggers.

An amazon reviewer ' W. Hall' recommends this book:

The quality of investigative research in this book would make even Woodward and Bernstein proud. What's so difficult to understand is how the liberals he profiles have flown under the radar screen for so long. Why have reporters and television journalists not uncovered the explosive findings Schweizer uncovers? The answer, of course, is that reporters don't find what they aren't looking for. And it's sad, honestly, because the level of ideologically driven reporting has further eroded the fourth estate.

While talking to the National review online, Peter Schweizer was asked about the funniest story he learned while compiling the book. He answered:

It has to be one about Michael Moore. In his books Michael Moore goes on and on about the fact that Americans are racist because they live in white neighborhoods. It's an example of latent segregationist attitudes in his mind. When I checked the demographics on Michael Moore's residence I burst out laughing. Michael Moore lives in a town of 2,500 in Michigan. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there is not a single black person in the entire town.

Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Other books include The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty, which the New York Times called "the best" of the books on the Bush family, and Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph over Communism.

You can buy this book or other books by Peter Schweizer here.


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