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The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error : Over 100 Outrageously False and Foolish Statements from America's Most Powerful Radio and TV Paperback – May 1, 1995
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In what is almost a comic book format and coloring, the content is surprisingly serious about Mr. Limbaugh's deceit, racism, disingenuousness, fabrications and lies. Here's an example from the radio airing on March 10, 1994:
Limbaugh: "I am not calling the president names."
Caller: "You do it every day."
Limbaugh: "Give me one example of calling him a name..."
Caller: "You've called him a liar, a fool, and idiot."
Limbaugh: "Those are not names. Those are assessments of his character. They are not names."
I was most interested in Rush's background, which revealed his hypocrisy. Limbaugh the ueberpatriot claimed that Reagan was the best president this country ever had, but he never voted for him. In fact, he didn't vote until he was thirty-five.
The second was his lack of military service. Rush claimed to have failed a draft physical and thus was never called because he had a high draft number. Actually, he had a low one, was called, and then "failed" the physical. At different times claiming a knee injury from high school football, and then a pilonidal cyst, which caused him to fail. His father had the same cyst when he was a World War II fighter pilot.
The man who rails against divorce is now working on his third marriage, and the printing of this book was before Limbaugh's drug addiction.
This book also includes Limbaugh's pronouncements and then the reality check. An example of this is Limbaugh's claim that melting glacial ice is the same as ice melting in a glass.Read more ›
Toward the end of the book I started to appreciate a comment the authors started the book with. They stated that although they could list literally 1000's of errors, they were going to limit the book to 100 given that any more and the reader might lose interest. I certainly felt that I had hit my limit toward the end of the book. As I read the book I kept hearing Rush in my head and after about 100 pages, it was all I could stomach. Overall the book was a nice time waster, not too heavy and fast and easy to read.Read more ›
But on the whole, the documentation is excellent and the discussion of all aspects of Limbaugh--his power in the media and on capitol hill, messiah complex, racism, sexism, context of his rise to fame,etc.--as well as the prospects for developing alternatives to the center-right corporate and "public" television and radio is excellent. FAIR, though not in this book, has also been harshly critical of Bill Clinton and the Democrats.
Here are some examples that they present of the more than "one hundred outrageously false and foolish statements from America's most powerful radio and TV commentator."
The quote Limbaugh as saying in "The Way Things Ought to Be" that construction of public housing "actually increased during the Reagan years." The quote sthe Statistical Abstract of the U.S. which shows that there were almost twenty one thousand low income housing units under construction in 1980 but in 1988 there were only 9,700. They quote HUD figures which show that the money for construction of new housing was slashed from $3.7 billion in 1980 to $573 million in 1988.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read - really makes one realize just how much propaganda and lies the GOP project.Published 21 days ago by Screwbox
Tired of dancing to the FOX trotters? Step away from the Republican Clown Car and read this book. Scary funny.Published 22 months ago by J. David Kopp
Plenty of reviews already describe this book in more than ample detail, so I'll just add my opinion to offset the sad-but-predictable chorus of dittoheads (most of whom obviously... Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by ifutureman
Once upon a time I thought Rush was an idiot, but then I listened to his show and later read HIS books. He actually knows what he is talking about. Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by Amazon Customer
As much as I am amazed at the subject's ability to expound at length, and in a very entertaining and thought-provoking way, I'm amazed that after all the nonsense he still is... Read morePublished on November 22, 2007 by P. Silverman
Let me preface this by saying that I was inspired to buy this book because my father is one of the biggest "dittoheads" ever.
Anyway, for a mere $7. Read more
i am very displeased with this purchase because i have not received this book bought and paid for with the other books that i purchased and bought. Read morePublished on August 18, 2005 by Raymond D. Arancon
This book is an excellent read. It exposes Libaugh for what he is: A lying, racist, sexist hate-monger. Read morePublished on August 28, 2004 by J. G Martinez
How's this irony to end all irony: The ACLU is backing Rush Limbaugh, down there in Florida. Apparently, the FBI seize a bunch of his medical records as part of their... Read morePublished on January 13, 2004 by E. Laway