Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

The FOX Effect

A message from Media Matters for America:
It’s no secret that we at Media Matters have spent the majority of our efforts over the past two years focusing on Fox News. It was impossible -- and would have been imprudent -- to ignore its attacks, smears, lies, and misinformation.

Now, Media Matters Chairman David Brock and Vice President Ari Rabin-Havt, utilizing the extensive research of Media Matters, have authored our ultimate indictment of the network.

Their new book, The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine, tells the story of how Fox News became the communications arm of the Republican Party, and its consequences for our democracy.

You can pre-order your copy of The Fox Effect today by visiting:

From tracing the career of Fox News founder Roger Ailes as he learned to manipulate racial politics while working on the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush, to visiting a cruise ship in the middle of the Mediterranean where a senior Fox News executive admitted to telling Fox News viewers that Barack Obama was a socialist even though he did not believe the charge to be true, The Fox Effect dismantles once and for all the notion that there’s any genuine meaning behind the network’s “fair & balanced” slogan.

Using leaked internal emails and Roger Ailes’ own writings, including a never-before-seen private letter, there has never been a more compelling summation of Fox’s dangerous and destructive role in our democracy. I guarantee that this is not your standard media criticism book -- it’s the definitive answer to every cousin, brother-in-law or neighbor who ever told you that Fox was their go-to place for news.

You can pre-order your copy of The Fox Effect at:
Barnes and Noble:
Indie Bound:

The Fox Effect offers new insights into Fox News and powerfully describes the harmful consequences of this political operation masquerading as a news network. You won’t be able to put it down.

Best Regards,Matt Butler
President and CEO
Media Matters for America

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