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Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right Paperback – July 27, 2004
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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.
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For fans/admirers/supporters of the conservative persons Franken writes about, it may be difficult to read this book; and on the other hand, critics of the subjects of the book will like/enjoy what he writes. But regardless of political persuasion, I think this is an important book for all Americans to read to get some insight into the things that politicians and political pundits say or write (regardless of whether the persons are conservative, liberal, in-between, or whatever), to appreciate the importance of citizens carefully thinking about what is said/written; asking for (no, make that demanding!!) the honest facts/data to back up what is said, written, or broadcast; and maintaining a skeptical perspective of the statements made by others, even by the politicians we like and are inclined to support.
It is important to note that although the book talks about events that occurred or statements that were made more than a decade ago, what is written in the book and the implications are just as important (or even more so) today. Finally, the bottom line is that it just is an enjoyable, informative, and funny -- (sometimes laugh-out-loud funny) -- book to read.
While addressing the way the 'right' uses partial facts, selected quotes, and false information, this book is a reminder to all of us to check the facts as best we can before making decisions about who is telling the truth, regardless of the source.
Although written in 2003, the lies and the liars that tell them are, for the most part, still around and have actually increased in number. If there was ever a book that prompted deeper reading into what is truth, it is this one.
This one gets four stars.
Great funny book, can't wait to get way more up to date reading from Franken.
A bit childish in places.
Franken is an educated and witty liberal, and the Rabid Right are terrified of such people. The anecdotes of his interactions with the main players of that faction (the mention of whose names got my first review pulled so you'll have to buy the book to find out who they are) are hysterical and scary by turns.