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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Rightby Al Franken
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Al Franken, one of our “savviest satirists” (People), has been studying the rhetoric of the Right. He has listened to their cries of “slander,” “bias,” and even “treason.” He has examined the Bush administration’s policies of squandering our surplus, ravaging the environment, and alienating the rest of the world. He’s even watched Fox News. A lot.
And, in this fair and balanced report, Al bravely and candidly exposes them all for what they are: liars. Lying, lying liars. Al destroys the liberal media bias myth by doing what his targets seem incapable of: getting his facts straight. Using the Right’s own words against them, he takes on the pundits, the politicians, and the issues, in the most talked about book of the year.
Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always funny, Lies sticks it to the most right-wing administration in memory, and to the right-wing media hacks who do its bidding.
"A laugh-out-loud funny book...[Franken] fights fire with facts...his points are swiftly and deftly made, and his sense of humor about the current carnival of political grotesques is badly needed." Minneapolis Star Tribune
"In the kicking, spitting spirit of current all-star political discourse, Al Franken gives as good as he gets....Funnier here than he was in his previous Oh, The Things I Know!, Mr. Franken also has a serious agenda." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Knowledgeable and funny...[A] tough-minded look at politicians and the press." San Francisco Examiner
"[T]he book is funny....What Franken has over his combatants...is that as a satirist, he's free to roam from fact to fiction....[Franken] stands tall and takes aim. In today's theater of acrimonious politics, he has major box-office appeal." Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News
"[A] typically unabashed blend of razor-witted denunciation and old-fashioned gumshoe detective work directed at right-wing crazies both in and out of government....And Franken can be very funny." Andrew Gumbel, The Independent (U.K.)
"Liberals should love it....[Franken's] jokes and facts are more likely to entertain readers who share his politics than they are to change minds....He enjoys goading his targets, if only for new material." Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today
"Franken is brilliant at converting actual, factual quotes from our very own public servants and powerbrokers into wry commentary....[S]turdy and interesting, no matter which side of the capital-gains tax break you butter your bread on." Colleen Kruse, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"What is striking about Franken's book is that along with the sharp political zings and sometimes sophomoric jokes...there is some genuinely impressive investigative reporting." Margo Hammond, St. Petersburg Times
"It doesn't take much to expose the right-wing hypocrites...as lying frauds, but in [this] delightfully vicious new book...it all seems much too easy....Al Franken is one of the first to say so with wit, charm, and a healthy dose of cynical bite." Matt Cale, RuthlessReviews.com
"Al Franken is really funny....But although of course his bantam arguments are hilarious and thrilling and will probably be the most quoted scenes in the book reviews, why, there's ever so much more!" Rebecca Schoenkopf, Orange County Weekly
"Funny, angry, and intelligent." New York Times Book Review
"[Franken] picks the scabs off every logistical inconsistency, factual error, or act of malice he can find in contemporary conservatism...A very funny book. USA Today
"Wickedly funny." Newsweek
Once again, the author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations trains his subversive wit directly on the contemporary political scene, leaving the powers-that-be in tatters and his audience in hysterics.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 355-367).
Al Franken, "one of our savviest satirists" (People), takes on the issues, the politicians, and the pundits in one of the most anticipated books of the year.
For the first time since his own classic Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Al Franken trains his subversive wit directly on the contemporary political scene. Now, the "master of political humor" (Washington Times) destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, and exposes how the Right shamelessly tries to deceive the rest of us.
No one is spared as Al uses the Right's own words against them. Not the Bush administration and their rhetorical hypocrisy. Not Ann Coulter and her specious screeds. Not the new generation of talk-radio hosts, and not Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and the entire Fox network. This is the book Al Franken fans have been waiting for (and his foes have been dreading). Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always funny, Lies is sure to become the most talked about book of political humor in 2003 and beyond.
About the Author
Two-time spoken word Grammy ® award winner AL FRANKEN is the author of four previous bestsellers. A long-time comedy writer who rose to prominence as one of the original Saturday Night Live writers in the 1970s, Franken won five Emmy® Awards for his work on SNL.Two-time spoken word Grammy ® award winner AL FRANKEN is the author of four previous bestsellers. A long-time comedy writer who rose to prominence as one of the original Saturday Night Live writers in the 1970s, Franken won five Emmy® Awards for his work on SNL.
Table of Contents
A Note from the Author xi Introduction xv 1 Hummus 1 2 Ann Coulter: Nutcase 5 3 You Know Who I Don't Like? Ann Coulter 17 4 Liberals Who Hate America 21 5 Loving America the Al Franken Way 24 6 I Bitch-Slap Bernie Goldberg 28 7 The 2000 Presidential Election: How It Disproved the Hypothetical Liberal Media Paradigm Matrix 37 8 Conclusion: A Lesson Learned 51 9 Five Get-Rich-Quick Tips the Wall Street Fat Cats Don't Want You to Know 52 10 Chapter for American Book by Kharap Juta 56 11 I'm Funnier than Kharap Juta 57 12 The Chapter on Fox 58 13 Bill O'Reilly: Lying, Splotchy Bully 65 14 Hannity and Comes 83 15 The Blame-America's Ex-President-First Crowd 104 16 Operation Ignore 115 17 Our National Dialogue on Terrorism 123 18 Humor in Uniform 124 19 Who Created the Tone? 132 20 Did the tone Change? 142 21 Why Did Anyone Think It Would Change? 143 22 I Grow Discouraged About the Tone 152 23 I'm Prudenized 165 24 Paul Gigot Is Unable to Defend an Incredibly Stupid Wall Street Journal Editorial 170 25 "This Was Not a Memorial to Paul Wellstone": A Case Study in Right-Wing Lies 177 26 I Attend the White House Correspondents Dinner and Annoy Karl Rove, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and the Entire Fox News Team 206 27 The Lying Years 217 28 Bush Can't Lose With Clinton's Military 220 29 Operation Chickenhawk: Episode One 226 30 Fun with Racism 252 31 I'm a Bad Liar 261 32 Thank God for Jerry Falwell 277 33 Abstinence Heroes 283 34 Abstinence Heroes II 287 35 "By Far the Vast Majority of My Tax Cuts Go to Those at the Bottom" 288 36 The Waitress and the Lawyer: A One-Act Play 304 37 The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus 313 38 I Challenge Rich Lowry to a Fight 324 39 Vast Lagoons of Pig Feces: The Bush Environmental Record 328 40 I Meet Former First Lady Barbara Bush and It Doesn't Go Well! 336 41 My Personal Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction 342 42 The No Child Left Behind Standardized Test 349 43 What is a Lie? 352 Sources and Notes 355 Meet TeamFranken 369 Acknowledgments 373 Endnotes 379
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