From the dynamic, unapologetic Fox News and Townhall Media duo comes an exploration of how the Left exploits wedge issues and fake outrage to silence their political opponents–in public, on social media, at work, and even in their homes. End of Discussion grapples with how conservatives and freedom-loving Americans should–and should not–fight back against this strategic effort that makes America less free, less feisty, and less fun.
Who is the Outrage Industry? It’s the media frenzy, orchestrated by the Left, designed to shut down debate. Opposing viewpoints on topics like gay marriage, government policies, and women’s issues are labeled racist, sexist, and evil. A coalition of blowhards and busybodies with boundless energy adds to the list of the officially offensive every day. Instead of engaging in discussion, they eliminate speech that makes them uncomfortable, demanding boycotts, firings, regulations, and other economic costs for the sin of disagreeing with them.
And, if you think this impulse is relegated to political fights or politicians, think again. A network of well-trained operatives, nonprofit groups, liberal leaders, P.R. firms, universities, politicians, and “thought leaders” exists to foment outrage over your association with the “wrong” fried chicken joints, Internet browsers, breast cancer charities, pasta, children’s toys, Halloween costumes, TV shows, schools, even comedians’ jokes.
With Ham and Benson’s help readers can cut through the noise and find their voices again. With fresh reporting and insightful, occasionally tongue-in-cheek, analysis, End of Discussion is certain to be a timely handbook for anyone trying to figure out what is really going on behind the headlines and how to make sure debate doesn’t meet an ugly death as the outrage industry revs up for 2016.
“This book needed to be written, needed to be published and needs to be read. Best of all, it’s great fun to read.” – Brit Hume
“End of Discussion will actually start more conversations than it finishes. Mary Katharine and Guy are two of the bright stars of conservative commentary, and their insight and humor come together well to showcase the absurdities of manufactured outrage and the benefits of taking a breath before launching an attack. End of Discussion is a smart and charming political page turner that was a delight to read.” —Dana Perino, former White House press secretary and co-host of The Five on Fox News
“Here’s why I can wholeheartedly endorse and recommend this book: Mary Katherine Ham and Guy Benson are really good writers. This book had me laughing out loud on yesterday’s flight.” Jim Geraghty, contributor to National Review
“A brilliant exposé of the left’s outrageous outrage over everything! Free speech isn’t free. It must be fought for. Get in the fight with this fantastic book by Mary Katherine Ham & Guy Benson!”
— Brad Thor #1 New York Times bestselling author of CODE OF CONDUCT
“I can’t think of any two people more qualified than Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham to expose the left’s decidedly undemocratic efforts to silence opposing views. With their characteristic wit and humor, they take on the outrage industrial complex on behalf of fun- and freedom-loving Americans everywhere.”
— S.E. Cupp, author and nationally syndicated columnist
” This book will make you laugh—and cry—at a world where honest debate is all too rare.”
— Juan Williams, Fox News analyst & author of Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate
“Come for the writing and the humor, stay for the point: The ‘outrage industry’ is destroying politics. Benson and Ham have diagnosed a new kind of media cancer, one that is metastasizing and eating away at our ability to survive as a free people, freely debating our future. Yes, that sounds serious for a book with as wonderfully light a touch as this, and one so full of laugh-out-loud moments. But it is true. That’s why you need to read this book.” —Hugh Hewitt