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5.0 out of 5 stars Fair to Lairs? Yep, and Somewhat Balanced., August 28, 2003
This review is from: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (Hardcover)
Just finished this one (got it Tuesday, finished Wednesday, with time out for Banacek, oh course), and I laughed almost all the way through. Al Franken takes the various overreaching lies of the right (wingnuts, freepers, ect) and points out the truth they seem to ignore. He uses actual facts! Real footnotes! Real endnotes! Quotes people IN context! A-MA-ZING! Truly.
The silliness of Coulter, O'Reilly, Hannity, and Goldburg are revealed under Al's sharp humor (uh, REAL humor, instead of just meanness... how strange), not to mention the continuing comedy that is George W. Bush. Tragic comedy, that is. There is real anger in Al's book, anger at the way these people are taken seriously, anger and frustration that the uninformed might be taken in by the nonsense that Coulter and her ilk spout.
Al is hilarious in his visit to Bob Jones U, in his dissection of the aforementioned list of 'wingers, and in the short stories 'Operation Chickenhawk', and 'The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus" (both illustrated by comics artist Don Simpson, of 'Megaton Man fame). Most of all, I enjoyed and was moved by the chapter on the Wellstone Memorial, and how the Republicans twisted the pain and emotion mourners felt over the death of friends into a political club to beat the Democrats with. Frankens' anger and wit are sharp and cold in this chapter, heartfelt, and a little bewildered at the cynicism of the Republicans. Must be read to be believed. I know that the left has lies of its own to answer for, but sullying peoples' reputations for cheap political points is not the way either party should be acting. As Tucker Carlson would say, it's nauseating. Thanks for this book Al!
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