a clearly biased book, Myrna Blyth's "Spin Sisters" cannot be read as
'spinsters'. Blyth is as erudite and savvy as the women she is verbally savaging.
This gives her authority, wisdom, and inside knowledge.
In 2001, Bernard
Goldberg's "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News"
was published and was lambasted by his media colleagues. Now, with a similar tone
and message, Blyth will be find speaking counter culturally will anger her former
peers. Blyth, unaffected, has boldly let in the light into what is to most of
us a shuttered world.
precise point, that those women buying women's magazines have different, more
conservative values than those editing and publishing them, is logical and long
known. Where Blyth steps in is to provide anecdotes and examples, having been
part of the value divide. She's portrayed as a whistle-blower, but the real story
is that she's not a cubical warrior. She ran the show, picked the editors, stories
and angles. Her culpability is deeper than the average unknown whistle-blower.
is as much of a political book as it is a media analysis text, but it reads more
like an expose. That Blyth has a conservative tack in her book isn't subtle. The
trouble is not her tone, but in her facts. She cites circumstances how alarmism
littered the editorial choices, while feminism is peddled to women oppressed in
their own ignorance of what feminism is and isn't.
the hyped up prose from the truth won't be hard for readers. A walk through the
checkout counter magazine stand, comparing women's publications as you do, will
show that the publishers aren't pushing messages found in family magazines like
"Focus on the Family" and "Marriage Partnership."
fully recommend "Spin Sisters: How the Women of the Media Sell Unhappiness
and Liberalism to the Women of America" by Myrna Blyth. Think for yourself.
Don't let my review, the publicity behind the book or against the book determine