And I am being really generous on the “pretty face” thing.
Michelle Fields vs. Corey Lewandowski is not over yet.
Field’s new book Barons of the Beltway is all about exposing political corruption, but Donald Trump supporters aren’t impressed. Many are still criticizing the conservative reporter for charging Trump’s former campaign manager with assault several months ago.
A scroll through the Amazon reviews of Barons of the Beltway makes it pretty clear that Fields has a lot of haters out there.
Occam’s Razor says the least complicated explanation is the book sucks.
According to Amazon:
Michelle Fields is a political reporter who has held positions at Fox News, Breitbart, PJ Media, and the Daily Caller. In addition to her reporting work, Michelle has appeared on C-SPAN, CNBC, Sky News, and various programs on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Newtork
I’m not sure what a “newtork” is but she appears to have bounced around a bit for someone who is only 28 years old. Wiki says she graduated from Pepperdine with a political science degree. I’m not seeing anything in her bio that doesn’t fit the “news bunny” stereotype. (The television news business has discovered that they get better ratings if they have hot chicks read the news.)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,135 in Books
Not exactly flying off the shelves, now is it? The fact is, if everybody who gave her book a bad review actually bought one she would have sold a lot more copies. I’ll be shocked if there is a second printing. In fact, most of the first printing will probably end up in a landfill somewhere.
Here is a sampling of the reviews:
This book was the worst thing that happened to me since my Dad died.
This is the first book I’ve ever read and it was terrible. Will never read a book again
This book was a particularly painful one to read. Full disclosure: I did not – could not – finish it. It was so bad that I couldn’t justify wasting the time to complete it, thought I did skim the parts that I couldn’t be bothered to read word-for-word.
This booked touched me inappropriately.
And my personal favorite:
This book is so bad it should start with “It was a dark and stormy night.”
Ironically, here is an excerpt:
What do you do?” may be the No. 1 question asked in the Beltway. It achieves two things: It gives the asker the opportunity to brag about their own job title and lets them know whether the person they’re talking to is worth their time.
Job titles and associations are the lifeblood of D.C. You’re no one unless you have a title, whether it’s “congressman,” “ambassador,” “chief of staff,” or an impressive title at a firm or media company. Unlike most jobholders in America, politicians in D.C. get to keep their titles for life. Think about it: You can be the CEO or vice president of the largest corporation in America, but once you leave that job, so goes the title. In Washington, D.C., you can have the title of “president,” “congressperson,” or “senator,” and that is your title for life. It doesn’t matter if you were a terrible congressperson who served only one term; you will forever be referred to and introduced as a “congressperson.”
“Journalist” is a title. So is “author”.
Strangely enough, there don’t seem to be any shocking revelations in the book. Muckrakers usually rake a little muck. What exactly does Michelle Fields have to tell us that is worth the purchase price of the book?? What insights does a 28-year-old news bunny have to share?