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Political Animal: I’d Rather Have a Better Country

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Like legendary author L. Frank Baum’s mythical land of Oz, there exists a wondrous realm where what people say and do have no meaning to the people of the surrounding lands, where money has no value, and it is all surrounded by a dangeous and impassable barrier. Except this realm isn’t from a fairytale, it is Washington, D.C., the barrier is the Capital Beltway, and the words spoken by politicians and the mainstream political media that covers them often are incomprehensible to outsiders. Brian Wendell Morton has spent more than eight years documenting this Oz-like world in weekly columns for Baltimore’s City Paper titled, “Political Animal.”Eric Engberg of CBS News once said, “Washington is ten square miles, surrounded by reality.” Morton points out the surreality of a city where a popular president was almost hounded out of office for a consensual sex act, yet another president whose popularity ratings hover at historic lows can’t be held accountable for a war waged under false pretenses, torture, malfeasance, and the destruction of an entire American city.Political Animal points out the discrepancy between reality and the skewed views of the political media who cover it. Some would argue that this media would fiddle while Rome burned if it meant rising stock prices and better ratings. From the early 1990s through the pages of last week’s headlines, Morton takes a fearless and provocative stroll through the issues of politics, race, the media, guns, drugs, religion, and more.

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Like legendary author L. Frank Baum’s mythical land of Oz, there exists a wondrous realm where what people say and do have no meaning to the people of the surrounding lands, where money has no value, and it is all surrounded by a dangeous and impassable barrier. Except this realm isn’t from a fairytale, it is Washington, D.C., the barrier is the Capital Beltway, and the words spoken by politicians and the mainstream political media that covers them often are incomprehensible to outsiders. Brian Wendell Morton has spent more than eight years documenting this Oz-like world in weekly columns for Baltimore’s City Paper titled, “Political Animal.”Eric Engberg of CBS News once said, “Washington is ten square miles, surrounded by reality.” Morton points out the surreality of a city where a popular president was almost hounded out of office for a consensual sex act, yet another president whose popularity ratings hover at historic lows can’t be held accountable for a war waged under false pretenses, torture, malfeasance, and the destruction of an entire American city.Political Animal points out the discrepancy between reality and the skewed views of the political media who cover it. Some would argue that this media would fiddle while Rome burned if it meant rising stock prices and better ratings. From the early 1990s through the pages of last week’s headlines, Morton takes a fearless and provocative stroll through the issues of politics, race, the media, guns, drugs, religion, and more.

 

About the Author

About the Author Brian Wendell Morton is an award-winning radio reporter and newspaper columnist. He began his career as a student journalist at the University of Maryland where he and a partner won the national spot-news award for print journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists for covering the drug trial following the death of collegiate basketball star Len Bias.He continued as a reporter at all-news radio station WTOP in Washington where, while covering everything from local politics to the inauguration of George H. W. Bush, he won awards from the Chesapeake Associated Press and the Dateline Chapter of the Washington Society of Professional Journalists. At WBAL Radio in Baltimore he distinguished himself with another AP award for his coverage of a freak tornado landing in a Baltimore suburb.In 1994 he originated the “Political Animal” column for Baltimore’s City Paper, which he wrote until 1996 and then resumed in 2002. In 2006 he also he hosted the “Weekly News Roundup” for Baltimore’s public radio station WYPR.

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324

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Paperback