Pass the Tissues: The Slobbering Love Affair Between Obama and the Press

Anyone who doesn't believe the media fix was in for Barack Obama during the last presidential campaign doesn't need a book by Bernard Goldberg to convince them.

They need an honesty transplant.

But Goldberg is back all the same with a new tome encapsulating the media love-in that cushioned Obama's ascent to the Oval Office.

Goldberg, the former CBS newsman turned media bias detector, gives us A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media.

The slim volume (173 pages) serves as a compilation of everything conservatives have gleaned over the last six months from Newsbusters.org and other top-shelf blogs. Goldberg leans on the conservative Media Research Center and a few recent surveys to underline his points. But putting it all together in one highly readable package provides a service all the same, especially for those who don't necessarily trust a right-leaning blog for the skinny on media bias.

The bestselling author isn't Ann Coulter, nor should he be dismissed by those on the left who would gleefully lump him in with that mini-skirted maiden. He's a news man first, and he doesn't go out of his way to score ideological points like books written by more openly right wing authors.

Goldberg often inserts corny jokes into the text for levity, but underneath it all is a sadness, a sense that a profession he once was proud to call his own is less than a shell of its old self.

And he's not just bemoaning an industry's self-induced collapse. He's afraid of what an ineffective press means for the country. What if President Obama turns out to be a fumbler in chief? Will the media tell us about his miscues? And at this point would the public even believe it, given how reporters have sullied the image of journalism in recent years?

The book's introduction tells you all you really need to know about the sorry state of the media today. Goldberg recalls speaking to a journalism class at American University and getting little but derision from the students forced to read his first book, Bias.

The professor offered his two cents into the debate:

"Isn't it the role of the media to effect change in society?" he asked innocently.

Goldberg shot back -- "Your change or mine?"

Silence.

Slobbering quickly gets to the heart of the matter, recalling the outrageously positive spin put on Sen. Obama's campaign, the dirt thrown at Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and just how differently each was treated.