100 People Who Are Screwing Up America is a book by Bernard Goldberg that was published in 2005.
The book's central idea is to name and blame a long list of specific individuals for making the United States a "far more selfish, vulgar, and cynical place."
Goldberg's book denounces people, mostly celebrities, politicians and newscasters and takes umbrage at high-profile incidents like Janet Jackson exposing herself "in front of one-fifth of all the kids in America under age eleven" during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show (p. vi). It decries as "Hollywood blowhards" actors who call American politicians "Nazis" while praising "dictators like Fidel Castro" (pp. vii-ix). Goldberg's chapter for Courtney Love is simply the word, "ho."
The book takes aim at "liberals [who are] snooty, snobby know-it-alls, who have gotten angrier and angrier in recent years and who think they're not only smarter, but also better, than everyone else, especially everyone else who lives in a 'red state' - a population they see as hopelessly dumb and pathetically religious" (p. x).
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So why do we keep watching and listening to these people, sometimes paying outrageous amounts to do so?JC
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