Fair and Balanced, My Ass!: An Unbridled Look at the Bizarre by Joseph Minton Amann, Tom Breuer

By Joseph Minton Amann, Tom Breuer

Reasonable and Balanced, My Ass! is a wide-ranging, irreverent, and funny examine America's number-one cable information community. It examines Fox's phony patriotism and piety, its cheating crusades, its well-defined schedule, and ratings–driven thoughts. The authors convey a hearty slap all the way down to the jewels within the Murdoch crown, together with invoice O'Reilly, Hannity and Colmes, Fox and pals, and extra.

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But it is not unimportant: it matters in history. 30 2 The Process of Political Leadership The process of political leadership is activated, normally, when circumstances take on meaning for a political community, or some important element of it, in such a way that the existence of a political problem situation is recognized. Leadership has the threefold task of diagnosing the situation authoritatively, devising a course of action designed to resolve or alleviate the problem, and mobilizing the political community's support for the leaders' definition of the situation and their prescribed policy response.

P. 291. 22 The Essence of Politics War broke out in 1939 under less favorable conditions for the Allies than would have been the case had the leadership of Churchill and Duff Cooper prevailed in the crisis of 1938. What about Hitler's leadership? We must admit that, given his aggressive purpose, it was brilliant—a historic bluff that worked, a desperate gamble by an evil leader that succeeded owing largely to his shrewd perception of how the constituted leaders of Britain and France were likely to respond to his threats.

That happens when leaders fail to espouse forceful policy responses to situations seen as challenges to serious political action. 1 The Role of Government The role of government is not confined to the preleadership function of signalizing. The agencies of gov1. This account is based on Arthur D. Morse, While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy ( N e w York: Random House, 1967). , 1980), Walter Laqueur 35 Politics as Leadership erament form a collective infrastructure of political leadership whose duty it is to assist the constituted leaders in performing their functions of defining situations, devising policy responses, and implementing these responses.

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