I want to start this review by saying that this book didn’t come with the cat and I am super sad about it. Because cute cat is cute. Anyway, the book. I loved it. There really isn’t a lot of flowery language that I can use to convey that enough. I fucking loved it. There. That’s flowery, right? Now that I’ve clarified my emotions on the book I’m going to tell you why you should buy it.
Jamie Kilstein is a great comedian made famous because in the wake of the Daniel Tosh rape joke controversy. Kilstein said rape was bad and caused the internet to rise up in a swell of bile and insist that it is not bad and that rape jokes are hilarious. Hint: it’s really bad and Daniel Tosh is a lousy comedian who is perpetuating rape culture. The controversy was pretty extreme. Well for a man. Well for a white man. Allison Kilkenny is a fantastic journalist who has slogged through the unpaid bullshit that is the modern media landscape. She’s written for Huffington Post and the Nation and other liberal publications that are going to depress you when you find out more about their business practices. Allison and Jamie are the the creators and hosts of the news podcast Citizen Radio and that’s the back story. Now that I’ve gotten that covered, let’s get to the core of the thing.
You are going to love this book. It’s a brilliant analysis and take-down of the poison that is media in America right now. It’s much bigger than picking on Fox News which is so damn easy considering it’s not technically a news source. But CNN and MSNBC are hardly excellent sources of news nor are they liberal or progressive. #Newsfail covers all sorts of brilliant and controversial topics – feminism, veganism, climate change, and war. Essentially, they have written a brilliant book that might get them killed. If you’re a news junkie, someone who wants to learn more about the state of the world, interested in feminism or animal rights, this book is going to blow your mind. Tons of swearing is thrown in for no extra charge! I highly recommend the chapter on John Stewart and the Daily Show. The prose is engaging and can be appreciated by people who aren’t into news because they feel disconnected. It’s like a draft of a revolution proposal written by pirates.
Now here’s the plan. You go to your nearest local bookstore. You order 7 copies. You give them to your conservative family and trick them into reading it by saying it’s a “family book club” and you want to read it together. Have yourself a passive aggressive progressive Christmas. May your heart be light. I know I will. Now go fuck shit up.