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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them : A…

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them : A Fair and Balanced Look at the…

by Al Franken

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Despite being nearly 15 years old, Al Franken's book reads like it is describing the world of today. This edition of the book has added a lot of material describing how many in the right-wing media reacted to those parts of the books where their lies are dissected. The focus on George W Bush and Karl Rove is useful since it shows that Donald Trump's lying behavior was also seen during the Bush administration.

Warning: People thinking of buying the e-book should be aware that my copy did not include any of the illustrations and omitted some of the key tables. ( )
  M_Clark | Nov 7, 2017 |
A good book. Franken skewers most of the right wing nutjobs and does a great job. ( )
  annbury | Jul 4, 2017 |
I agree with Franken's points, but he doesn't make them very well. I'm not sure we need more vitrolic rhetoric in today's political debate. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Extremely funny and - although it takes an extreme in-your-face liberal bias - extremely informative! A very quick and easy read, with plenty of comedy tossed in with the serious evidence of lies the right makes. Al Franken is my new hero!

(I also just feel like I have to menition the humor that Franken writes in and make the reader aware of it. It's not flat-out, here's a joke so laugh at it kind of humor. It takes a little thought process, as sometimes a joke or punchline or funny comment is thrown in the text to make it sound as if it's just another fact., but it's really not true. I'll admit, sometimes it may be a little confusing to the reader so if you don't have the same sense of humor as Franken does, you might find yourself going "huh?" at times. However, if you do, then I can assure you when you're reading it, you will think it's the funniest book ever written). ( )
  elle-kay | Jan 27, 2016 |
Thoroughly researched and fact-checked and written in Al Franken's trademark comedic style, Franken presents a humorous, in-depth look at recent events and makes the happenings on Capitol Hill clear even to newcomers to the political scene. Highly recommended. ( )
  RosemerrySong | Oct 31, 2015 |
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Franken proves himself to have a lethal capacity to deploy wit as a part of a wider political takedown. He does his homework (one can usually guess the Washington outfit that does it for him, such as Citizens for Tax Justice, but he always gives credit) and then, when he is sure he has caught Bill O’Reilly or Ann Coulter, he begins to slow himself down, give himself time, and really milk the kill. If it’s not laugh-out-loud funny, it’s still pretty good polemical journalism.
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Although I wrote this book in a spirit of dispassionate inquiry, I cannot expect my critics to respond in kind. (A note from the author)
God chose me to write this book. (Introduction)
Asking whether there is a liberal or conservative bias to the mainstream media is a little like asking whether al Qaeda uses too much oil in their hummus.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0525947647, Hardcover)

Having previously dissected the factual inaccuracies of a single bellicose talk show host in Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, Al Franken takes his fight to a larger foe: President George W. Bush, the Bush Administration, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, and scores of other conservatives whom, he says, are playing loose with the facts. It's a lot of ground to cover, as evidenced by the 43 chapters in Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, but the results are often entertaining and insightful. Franken occupies a unique place in the modern political dialogue as perhaps the media's only comedy writer and performer who is also a Harvard fellow as well as a liberal political commentator. This unique and vaguely lonely position lends a charming quixotic quality to adventures such as a tense encounter with the Fox News staff at the National Press Club, a challenge to fisticuffs with National Review Editor Rich Lowry, and an oddly sweet admissions visit to ultra-conservative Bob Jones University (with a young research assistant posing as his son when Franken's real-life son refuses to participate in the charade). Less useful are comic book dramatizations of "Supply Side Jesus" and a fictitious Vietnam War story featuring the numerous righties who, Franken intimates, improperly avoided service. And Franken's criticisms of conservative talk show hosts Sean Hannity, O’Reilly, and columnist Coulter, while admirable in their attention to detail, fail to shed much new light on people who have built careers on broad arguments and relentless self-aggrandizement. But Franken is at his best, and most compellingly readable, when he backs off the wackiness and the personal grudges and writes about more personal matters such as the political circus surrounding the memorial service of the late Senator Paul Wellstone. But even on these more serious topics, Franken's wit is still present and, in fact, grows sharper. In a time when much political discourse is composed of rage and shouting, it's refreshing that Al Franken is able to shout in a witty manner. --John Moe

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Offers a whimsical critique of the Right, exposing their deceptive practices, challenging conceptions about the media's liberal bias, and identifying inconsistencies in the Bush administration.

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