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The No Spin Zone


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A twenty-year veteran of the television industry, BILL O'REILLY has won two Emmy awards for excellence in reporting. He served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated Inside Edition. A graduate of Marist College, he holds two master's degrees, one in public administration from Harvard and another in broadcast journalism from Boston University. He lives on Long Island with his wife and their daughter.

JAMES ELLROY, who contributes an Afterword to The No Spin Zone, is a famed novelist and journalist who profiled Bill O'Reilly for the magazine GQ.


O'Reilly tries to top his best-selling The O'Reilly Factor with more acerbic bons mots on life in America. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

O'Reilly's TV interviews with "opponents" can be more dramatic than his solo readings of some of these excerpts. He hires nine sleuths to uncover irregularities of newsmakers. "I seek the truth," but here dirt gets heaped mostly upon Democrats, like Al Sharpton, Jesse L. Jackson, Al Gore, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. This is the mildest putdown of Clinton: "He campaigned till he was hoarse and defeated a sitting president who was credited with winning the Persian Gulf War." Senator Clinton gets satirized in O'Reilly's newspaper column and a merciless berating when he questions her into silence in a dream. His favored politicians escape most of the no-spin scorn: George W. Bush is let off with reprimands about the death penalty; two Republican leaders who dare to decline meeting with O'Reilly have no improprieties he relates. This book offers the same solutions to taxes and hard drugs as in The O'Reilly Factor. Unfortunately, The No Spin Zone lacks the relief of lively anecdotes that helped Factor, except for three interesting stories of his unhappy days at CBS. Recommended only for O'Reilly fans, who are, we are told by a reliable source, millions strong. Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

The audience of Fox's top-rated cable news talk show The O'Reilly Factor and of the bestselling book by the same name know that this explosive anchor can be articulate, bombastic, scornful, witty, iconoclastic, passionate, persuasive and sarcastic ("Can you feel Gary Condit's pain?"). When conducting interviews, O'Reilly, a two-time Emmy winner with 25 years reporting experience, delivers tough questions and corrosive counterpoints. In the No-Spin Zone (originally conceived for his TV show), "lies are rejected and equivocations are mocked." "All I ask is for powerful people to respond honestly to the questions, and if they can't, explain why," says O'Reilly. Here he excerpts past interviews with various memorable opponents James Carville (on Bill Clinton), Dr. Laura (on working mothers), former surgeon general Dr. Joycelyn Elders (on sex education), Puff Daddy (on rap), Susan Sarandon (on police brutality), Al Sharpton (on boycotts) and insightfully introduces each, mulling over the issue or providing background. To cover TV sleaze and violence, he splices interviews (Steve Allen, Howdy Doody's Buffalo Bob) into his own terse text. The same treatment is applied to the death penalty (George W. Bush, Bianca Jagger), taxes (Mario Cuomo, GAO head David Walker) and other issues. He saves the best for last Dan Rather on news stories the media overlooks, prefaced by O'Reilly's own memories of becoming "a `dead man walking' at CBS News." (On-sale: Oct. 16) Forecast: O'Reilly's TV ratings continue to rise, and the show's "No-Spin Zone" title will grab book buyers. With simultaneous CD and large-print editions, and an e-book due in November, total sales should be astronomical. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"[O'Reilly] is the Real McCoy. He's the best reporter I've seen in years . . . He is smart, well-read, has good values . . . and he is fearless in picking targets."

"This explosive anchor can be articulate, bombastic, scornful, witty, iconoclastic, passionate, persuasive, and sarcastic"
-Publishers Weekly "[O'Reilly's] brand of hard-nosed, regular-guy TV talk is here to stay." -Newsweek

"[The No Spin Zone] vibrates with O'Reilly's gruff Irish wit and elbows-on-the-bar social criticism." -Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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