John Amato, Crooks & Liars Founder Speaks in LA

john amato crooks & liarsIn Over the Cliff: How Obama’s Election Drove the American Right Insane, John Amato and coauthor David Neiwert show that the Tea Party “movement” was not the organic uprising it was made to appear, but rather was kick-started by FOX News and follows in a long tradition of movement conservative activism that harkens back to the street theater days of Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, and Grover Norquist.

John Amato will speak and sign his groudbreaking book at a fundraiser to support the LA Media Reform Group’s annual media summit (to be held February 26, 2011):

John Amato Reading
Friday, July 16, 7:30 p.m., in Beverly Hills
(Address available after RSVP)
Suggested donation of $35 includes signed copy of “Over the Cliff”

Amato is the founder of Crooks and Liars, one of the nation’s most influential progressive weblogs. A pioneer of video blogging, he was part of CNN’s election-night coverage in 2006 and has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Forbes.

“If you want to understand the forces behind the extreme demonization of President Obama and the assault on progressive America, look no further than Over the Cliff. With witty analysis and thorough investigative reporting, Amato and Neiwert provide a definitive chronicle of the far-right’s rapid movement from paranoia to outright violence. —Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party.

The LA Media Reform group is sponsoring this event in collaboration with the LA Progressive and Alliance Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Media Reform Group focuses on holding news accountable to the public interest and encouraging citizens to create their own media, and to be critical consumers of the mass media. Its next annual workshop will be Saturday, February 26th, 2011, at Occidental College. Compete the survey to help select speakers, workshops, and topics.

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Published by the LA Progressive on July 1, 2010
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