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By David Brock

In a strong and deeply own memoir within the culture of Arthur Koestler's The God That Failed, David Brock, the unique right-wing scandal reporter, chronicles his upward push to the top of the conservative flow and his painful holiday with it.

David Brock pilloried Anita Hill in a bestseller. His reporting within the American Spectator as a part of the notorious "Arkansas Project" caused the process occasions that resulted in the historical impeachment trial of President Clinton. Brock was once on the middle of the right-wing soiled tips operation of the Gingrich era--and a real believer--until he may perhaps now not deny that the political strength he used to be advancing used to be outfitted on little greater than lies, hate, and hypocrisy.

In Blinded via the correct, Brock, who got here out of the closet on the top of his conservative renown, tells his riveting tale from the start, giving us the 1st insider's view of what Hillary Rodham Clinton referred to as "the big right-wing conspiracy." no matter if facing the right-wing press, the richly endowed imagine tanks, Republican political operatives, or the Paula Jones case, Brock names names from Clarence Thomas on down, uncovers hidden hyperlinks, and demonstrates how the Republican Right's zeal for strength created the toxic political weather that culminated in George W. Bush's election.

Now in paperback and with a brand new afterword by means of the writer, Blinded through the perfect is a vintage political memoir of our instances.

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Though I was a strong antiCommunist and was convinced that conservatives, in contrast to the politically correct left, stood for my core values of individual liberty and intellectual freedom, I was by no means a racist, homophobic Berkeley—or Dartmouth—Review conservative. On social issues like abortion, in fact, I remained as liberal as I had been when I first arrived in Berkeley. And as a young, openly gay man living in San Francisco, I was no cultural conservative. Though the overture was tempting, the Review just didn’t seem a good fit for me.

Moon unabashedly mixed politics and journalism. While publishing the Blinded by the Right 25 Times, he also directed the American Freedom Coalition, a pro-Reagan, grassroots political lobby. When Congress cut off aid to the Nicaraguan counterrevolutionaries, or contras, Arnaud wrote an editorial announcing a Times fund-raising drive for a Nicaraguan Freedom Fund, endowed with a $100,000 check from Bo Hi Pak. To the horror of many in the newsroom, Arnaud insisted on splashing the editorial across the front page.

At the University of Chicago, two young conservatives with whom I would later work closely in Washington, John Podhoretz (son of Norman) and Tod Lindberg, John’s roommate, founded Counterpoint, a conservative literary journal. At Dartmouth, future friends Ben Hart, Dinesh D’Souza, and Laura Ingraham took a more confrontational course, consciously aping the outrageous rhetoric and radical tactics of the ’60s, in publishing the infamous Dartmouth Review. Review staffers took sledgehammers to a symbolic shantytown constructed to protest South African apartheid.

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