Politico's love letter to a flawed book

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Under the header "Why Republicans are devouring one book," Politico hypes Amity Shlaes' The Forgotten Man, in which she "takes issue with the value of government intervention in a major economic crisis," so enthusiastically, you'd think they're getting a cut of the sales.

A quick word count of the quotes in the Politico article gives a pretty good indication of how one-sided it is:

211 words quote people (other than Shlaes) praising the book's content

12 words quote people (other than Shlaes) praising the book's sales

271 words quote Shlaes herself.

1 word ("revisionist") quotes a critic of the book

And Politico is hyping its article about Shlaes' book nearly as much as it is hyping the book itself: most of above-the-fold portion of the web site's front page is currently devoted to pushing the story.

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