And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them : A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

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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 Idiotand 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, Liesis sure to become the most talked about book of political humor in 2003 and beyond.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2003.
ISBN: 9780525947646
Branch Call Number: 973.9310207 F829
Characteristics: xvii, 379 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 21, 2017

This book is “fair and balanced” in the sense that it counters the unfair and heavily weighted case that the liars make. I expected exposure of the wing-nut propaganda and the book delivers it. His assertions gain validity from Team Franken, his group of high-achieving Harvard researchers, who found the truth and kept him honest. What I didn’t expect was the laugh-out-loud gags or the poignant explanations of serious matters. Franken makes the case for his in-your-face approach in the final chapter, “What is a Lie?” His “hope is that, if we keep calling them on their calculated dishonesty, their dishonesty will lose its effectiveness.” We might hope so, but those same folks are still spewing the same stuff 15 years later. I guess there’s a ditto-head born every minute.

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