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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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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; English Language edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156584260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565842601
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To take a close look at Rush Hudson Limbaugh and his twenty million fans is to have one's hope in America's future restored. -- Dan Quayle

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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on May 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
The book tells us what many of its readers already know. Rush Limbaugh appeals to our lower instincts where impulses run rampant, and the emotion of anger is the easiest to trigger and feed.

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.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hilliard on June 7, 2004
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This book is like going to a fast food restaurant, it is fast, cheap and tasty yet you know the nutritional value is not the best. I am not a fan of Rush, thus my book choice, so reading books like this that spell out many of his errors are just a laugh a minute to read. If you have even found this book then you are probably also an anti Rush person and regardless of the content, as long as it was somewhat negative, you are going to like the book. This book should fit that need. To be fair the book is not really negative, other then a few funny shots at Rush's ego, the book is very fair. It simply takes statements Rush has made over the years and spells out the truth. The authors list out their sources and from where the Rush comment came from. I guess my only complaint with the book is that given many of the Rush comments were simple sentences, a Rush supporter could always make the claim that the comment was taken out of context. To avoid that I would have liked the authors to add a bit more of the Rush words before and after the comments. Yet this is a small complaint on my part and does not really take away from the enjoyment of the book.

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.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Chris on December 6, 2000
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This book by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the outstanding media watchdog group, was published in 1995, after FAIR had published a report in June 1994 documenting Limbaugh's quackery to which Limbaugh responded with venom but with little substance. FAIR printed their rebuttal to Limbaugh's response to their original report at the end of this book. This book might seem rather dated; they have gathered a few more juicy things about Limbaugh since it was published, available on their web site, especially about his antics during the budget battles of 95-96' but I don't think they have kept track of him as much.
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.
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