Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

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Penguin, Jul 27, 2004 - Humor - 448 pages
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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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Review: Lies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair & Balanced Look at the Right

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Interesting! I didn't agree with all of it and could have done without some of it (you'll know which passages), but talk about food for thought! Eye-opening. Read full review

Review: Lies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair & Balanced Look at the Right

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A hilarious, very biased look at the shortcomings of the right-wing media and Bush administration. Franken does a good job of pointing out hypocrisies and ironies within conservative America, but ... Read full review


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4Liberals Who Hate America
5Loving America the Al Franken Way
6I BitchSlap Bernie Goldberg
24Paul Gigot Is Unable to Defend an Incredibly Stupid Wall Street Journal Editorial
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26I Attend the White House Correspondents Dinner and Annoy Karl Rove Richard Perle Paul Wolfowitz and the Entire Fox News Team
27The Lying Years
28Bush Cant Lose with Clintons Military
Episode One
30Fun with Racism
31Im a Bad Liar

How It Disproved the Hypothetical Liberal Media Paradigm Matrix
A Lesson Learned
9Five GetRichQuick Tips the Wall Street Fat Cats Dont Want You to Know
10Chapter for American Bookby Kharap Juta
11Im Funnier than Kharap Juta
12The Chapter on FoxThey Distort We DerideorWe Retort They Have LiedorThey Purport We DecryorThey Are Short1 We Have Plied2orSmorty ...
Lying Splotchy Bully
14Hannity and Colmes
15The BlameAmericasExPresidentFirst Crowd
16Operation Ignore
17Our National Dialogue on Terrorism
18Humor in Uniform
19Who Created the Tone?
20Did the Tone Change?
21Why Did Anyone Think It Would Change?
22I Grow Discouraged About the Tone
23Im Prudenized
32Thank God for Jerry Falwell
33Abstinence Heroes
34Abstinence Heroes II
35By Far the Vast Majority of My Tax Cuts Go to Those at the Bottom
A OneAct Play
38I Challenge Rich Lowry to a Fight
The Bush Environmental Record
40I Meet Former First Lady Barbara Bush and It Doesnt Go Well
41My Personal Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction
42The No Child Left Behind Standardized Test
43What Is a Lie?

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Emmy Award–winning television writer and producer, Grammy-winning comedian, and host of The Al Franken Show on Air America Radio, Al Franken is the author of fivebooks, including the number one New York Times bestsellers Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right and Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations. He is the only comedian to have performed at Abu Ghraib, as far as we know.

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