Michelle Malkin's 'Culture of Corruption'

Michelle Malkin, "Culture of Corruption"

Michelle Malkin's number one New York Times bestseller, "Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies," has been re-released for 2010 in paperback and completely updated. In the book, Malkin critiques the Obama administration, argues that the president lacks the will to change Washington politics and says what she believes that will mean for America.

Read an excerpt of the book below, and then head to the "Good Morning America" Library to find more good reads.

2010 THE ANTI-CORRUPTION REFERENDUM

Can I say "I told you so" now? In July 2009, when Culture of Corruption was first released, liberal critics scoffed: How could you possibly write a 400-page book about Barack Obama's rotten administration when he's only been in office six months?!

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When I proceeded to rattle off case after case of Chicago-style back-scratching, transparency-trampling, and crooked special interest-dealing in the new White House, liberal critics such as The View's Joy Behar interjected:

B-b-b-but what about Bush? Why don't you write a book about Bush? Wha-'bout-Bush? Wha-'bout-Bush? Wha-'bout-Bush?

When I pointed out that I had reported extensively on cronyism in the Bush era (see Harriett Miers, FEMA, and the Department of Homeland Security), and when I further pointed out that while the Bush-bashing market overfloweth, there remained a massive vacuum of critical analysis of Obama, liberal critics sputtered:

So what? Doesn't every administration have corruption?

When I patiently explained that no other administration in modern American history has set itself up as loftily as the Hope and Change reformers had done, or when I cited endless examples of Obama's broken promises on everything from lobbyists to transparency to Washington business-as-usual, liberal critics changed the subject again.

Potty-mouthed Leftist comedian Bill Maher mocked the cover of the book ("Ooh, look, Obama f**ked up the flag") and griped that I wouldn't go on his cable TV show. Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show played beat the clock, stalling with questions about President Obama's infamous Beer Summit and the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor before objecting to my characterization of First Lady Michelle Obama as the "First Crony." (I got the last word. He answered with a smirk.)

While media groupies continued to churn out glowing West Wing profiles and East Wing fashion updates in exchange for coveted access and exclusive scoops for their books (a journalistic pay-for-play practice decried aptly by one lone Washington Monthly blogger as "Communications Corruption"), non-brainwashed news consumers sought the truth. Thanks to hundreds of thousands of readers thirsting for unvarnished information about Team Obama, Culture of Corruption spent six weeks at Number One on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list. The Times did its best to ignore the book and other political dissident best-sellers that have dominated their hallowed lists over the past year. No review, of course. Instead, New York Times book critic Dwight Garner argued in a piece last summer extolling an obscure biography of Communist Manifesto co-author Friedrich Engels that "Karl Marx" was "back in vogue."

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