Book Review: How Does the Religious Right Control US Media, Government Policies?


John Gorenfeld’s book Bad Moon Rising examines power of one America’s most influential policy shapers.

CALIFORNIA – On March 23, 2004, Reverend Sun Myung Moon was proclaimed "King of Peace" at a coronation ceremony held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. In attendance were twelve US lawmakers.

In his speech, Moon proclaimed himself "humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent."

John Gorenfeld broke the story. With original reporting and new information available nowhere else, Bad Moon Rising: How Reverend Moon Created the Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right, and Built an American Kingdom introduces readers to the bizarre world of Moon, founder of the Unification Church and ultra-conservative owner of the Washington Times and United Press International.

Many Americans remember Moon forcing teens to sell carnations at bus stops and airports during the 1970s. Since then, Moon has stealthily accrued power in Washington and claimed posthumous endorsements from George Washington, Confucius, and Martin Luther.

Here for the first time is the story of Moon's quest for influence in Washington, with a growing media empire rooted in the heart of the GOP message machine.

Gorenfeld uncovers Moon’s support for Republican operatives and politicians—including the Bush family—and reveals a hidden saga of political corruption and megalomania.

John Gorenfeld has written for the Guardian,, the American Prospect, Radar, National Public Radio, and Mother Jones about everything from fugitive criminals to North Korean monster movies.

A former newspaper crime reporter, he made international headlines when he exposed the Capitol Hill party for Moon. "Pray for our detractors," the head of Moon’s American church has said, "especially John Gorenfeld."

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