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Lies and the lying liars who tell them [a fair and balanced look at the right]
Franken, Al.
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Minneapolis, MN : HighBridge, [2003]

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8 audio discs (10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Satirist Al Franken examines the political right, and uses their own words against them, taking on the pundits, the politicians, and the issues.
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For the first time since his bestselling RUSH LIMBAUGH IS A BIG FAT IDIOT, Franken trains his subversive wit directly on the contemporary political scene. Now, the "master of political humor" (Washington Post) destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media and exposes how the Right shamelessly tries to deceive the rest of us. No one is spared as Al uses the Right's own words against them: not Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, the entire Fox network nor the Bush administration. This is the book Al Franken fans have been waiting for (and his foes have been dreading).

Author Notes

Al Franken was born in 1951 and grew up in Minnesota. He got his start in show business in high school, when he began performing stand-up comedy. He attended Harvard University, but his comic talent went unrecognized by the school's famous Harvard Lampoon, which rejected him. Undaunted, Franken continued to do stand-up with a friend from high school, Tom Davis.

Franken and Davis became celebrities when Lorne Michaels discovered their act and hired them for his new show, Saturday Night Live. In addition to doing the stand-up, Franken wrote many funny skits, including Chevy Chase's famous Gerald Ford bits, and created memorable characters like Stuart Smalley.

Franken's ability to write comedy translated into a best-selling success with his political satire, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot. The book has sold almost one million copies. His other books include The Truth (with jokes), and Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.

Franken was elected to the U. S. Senate representing Minnesota in 2009.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

This witty, scrupulously researched and expertly delivered audio production accomplishes what few nonfiction audio books manage to do-it realizes the full potential of the format. Even those who have already read Franken's book should take the time to listen to this superb audio adaptation, which is enhanced by Franken's impeccable sense of comic timing, eerily precise impersonations and inclusion of source materials. In the most compelling section, for example, Franken juxtaposes two revealing clips to illustrate his view that the late Senator Paul Wellstone's memorial was "cynically distorted for partisan political advantage" not by the Democrats, but by the Republicans. The first clip is from Rush Limbaugh's radio show, where he proclaims in a heavy, lugubrious voice, "[The Democrats] wrenched Wellstone's soul right out of the grave, assumed it for themselves and then used it for their own blatant, selfish political ambitions.... Show me where the grief was!" Franken follows this with an excerpt from the memorial-which will bring tears to the eyes of any listener, partisan or non-in which David McLaughlin pays tribute to his younger brother, Will, who was Wellstone's driver, bodyguard, adviser and "the one who kept Paul going." By turns sad, funny and serious (but always satirical), this audio book has all the entertainment value of fiction (and even a one-act play called The Waitress and The Lawyer based on one of President Bush's radio addresses), but the issues Franken raises will stay with listeners long after their laughter has died down. Simultaneous release with the Dutton hardcover. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Booklist Review

It's one thing to read about right-wing lies from the likes of journalist Eric Alterman and Joe Conason but quite another to hear the inconsistencies and twisted rhetoric filtered through the satiric brain of Al Franken. True, much of the material covered in all these books is the same--or, as Franken puts it in his acknowledgments, Eric Alterman, thanks for writing a book on bias I could just put jokes to. But it's Franken's take on it that is so delicious. Unlike his more serious fellow writers, he does not feel compelled toward civility or decorum. Hence his chapter title: Ann Coulter: Nutcase, or the next chapter: You Know Who I Don't Like? Ann Coulter. And although personal attacks abound--Bill O'Reilly: Lying, Splotchy Bully --there's plenty of real talk about really serious stuff. Only Franken makes it funny. For instance, he deftly proves, with help from the Project for Excellence in Journalism, how Al Gore was steamrollered by the liberal press in the 2000 election; reveals the lies made by the Right about the Paul Wellstone memorial; and explains about as clearly as anyone how the Bush tax cuts work and whom they benefit. Even the chapters that don't quite work--Franken trying to get a fake son into Bob Jones University--evoke a few smiles. Expect big word of mouth on this one, which was rushed into print early to capitalize on the quickly rejected suit filed by Fox News against the book's title and cover design. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Franken returns to the political arena with his best book yet. Along with the 14 Harvard students who make up "Team Franken," he employs a somewhat unique approach in writing this work: fact-checking and research to back up his satirical look at the right. The first major target he tackles is the myth that the media are liberal; a brief look at the 2000 presidential election debacle should be enough to convince most rational people to the contrary. Fortunately, Franken has many more examples. His appearances on C-SPAN have shown what happens when conservative talk-show host Bill O'Reilly tries to use his vocal bullying tactics on a professional satirist. The author covers this event and other media misrepresentations with wit and humor. The chapters on Bush's tax cuts, environmental record, and the ongoing war will help convince the listener that it wasn't just Al Gore who was bushwhacked in Florida. Sure to be a hit with Franken's many fans, this program is highly recommended for all libraries. For those not blinded by the right, this will serve as a wake-up call to look further than the local paper or TV news coverage for topics that matter.-Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



An excerpt from LIES: And the Lying Liars Who Them--A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken Introduction God chose me to write this book. Just the fact that you are reading this is proof not just of God's existence, but also of His/Her/Its beneficence. That's right. I am not certain of God's precise gender. But I am certain that He/She/It chose me to write this book. This isn't hubris. I'm not saying this in an egotistical way. God didn't choose me because I'm the greatest writer who ever lived. That was William Shakespeare, whose work I have a passing familiarity with. No. I just happened to be the right vessel at the right time. If something in this book makes you laugh, it was God's joke. If something makes you think, it's because God had a good point to make. The reason I know God chose me is because God spoke to me personally. God began our conversation by clearing something up. Some of George W. Bush's friends say that Bush believes God called him to be president during these times of trial. But God told me that He/She/It had actually chosen Al Gore by making sure that Gore won the popular vote and, God thought, the electoral college. "THAT WORKED FOR EVERYONE ELSE," God said. "What about Tilden?" I asked, referring to the 1876 debacle. "QUIET!" God snapped. God was angry. God said that after 9/11, George W. Bush squandered a unique moment of national unity. That instead of rallying the country around a program of mutual purpose and sacrifice, Bush cynically used the tragedy to solidify his political power and pursue an agenda that panders to his base and serves the interests of his corporate backers. God told me that Bush squandered a $4.6 trillion surplus and is plunging us into deficits as far as God can see. And that Bush squandered another surplus. The surplus of goodwill from the rest of the world that he had inherited from Bill Clinton. And this was pissing God off. He/She/It was right. But it sounded like a lot of work. "Look, God, I'm flattered, but I think you got the wrong guy. The kind of book you're talking about would require months of research." And God said, "LET THERE BE GOOGLE. AND LET THERE BE LEXISNEXIS." "Very funny, God. I use Google all the time." "YES, I KNOW," God said. "FOR HOT ASIAN TEENS." "You must be thinking of my son, Joe." "AL? I'M OMNISCIENT." "Okay, okay." I changed the subject. "It's just that I can't do this book myself." "LEAVE THAT TO ME," God boomed. And that's when Harvard called. *** Harvard's Kennedy School of Government asked me to serve as a fellow at its Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. After my varied and celebrated career in television, movies, publishing, and the lucrative world of corporate speaking, being a fellow at Harvard seemed, frankly, like a step down. I couldn't think of anything less appealing than molding the minds of tomorrow's leaders, unless it was spending fireside evenings sipping sherry with great minds at the Faculty Club. Yawn. To my surprise and delight, though, all Harvard wanted me to do was show up every once in a while and write something about something. That gave me an idea. "Would it be okay if I wrote a scathingly partisan attack on the rightwing media and the Bush administration?" "No problem," Harvard said absentmindedly. "Count me in," I replied. "From now on call me 'Professor Franken.'" "No," Harvard said, "you're not a professor. But you can run a study group on the topic of your choosing." "Great," I said. "I've got the perfect topic: Write My Son's Harvard College Application Essay." "No," they said. "Harvard students already know how to write successful Harvard applications, Al. We want you to teach them something new." Harvard was right where I wanted it. "How about if the topic is: How to Research My Book?" "Sure," Harvard said. "Most of our professors teach that course. Why, in the Biochemistry department, most of the graduate level courses are-" Harvard was boring me. "I gotta run, Harvard. Thanks." *** I had my Nexis, I had my Google, I had my Harvard fellowship, and I had my fourteen research assistants. I sat down to write. Nothing. So I got on my knees and prayed for guidance. "How, God, can I best do Your work through this book? Who, dear Lord, is the audience for a book like this? And what's a good title?" God answered, "YOU KNOW THOSE SHITTY BOOKS BY ANN COULTER AND BERNIE GOLDBERG?" "The best-sellers that claim there's a liberal bias in the media?" I asked. "TOTAL BULLSHIT," God said. "START BY ATTACKING THEM. HE'S CLEARLY A DISGRUNTLED FORMER EMPLOYEE, AND SHE JUST LIES. BY THE WAY, THERE'S SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH HER." "That's pretty obvious." "SO GO AFTER THEM, THE WHOLE LIBERAL BIAS MYTH, AND THEN GO AFTER THE RIGHT-WING MEDIA. ESPECIALLY FOX." "Okay, God, I'm writing this down." "THEN USE THEM AS A JUMPING-OFF POINT TO GO AFTER BUSH. YOU KNOW, BIG TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, SURGING UNEMPLOYMENT, IGNORING EVERYONE BUT HIS CORPORATE BUDDIES, SCREWING THE ENVIRONMENT, PISSING OFF THE REST OF THE WORLD. THAT STUFF. AND THAT'S YOUR BOOK." "Got it. One last thing. Title." "HOW ABOUT BEARERS OF FALSE WITNESS AND THE FALSE WITNESS THAT THEY BEAR?" "Hmm. I, uh, I'll work with that." Excerpted from Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Authorp. xi
Introductionp. xv
1 Hummusp. 1
2 Ann Coulter: Nutcasep. 5
3 You Know Who I Donit Like? Ann Coulterp. 17
4 Liberals Who Hate Americap. 21
5 Loving America the Al Franken Wayp. 24
6 I Bitch-Slap Bernie Goldbergp. 28
7 The 2000 Presidential Election: How It Disproved the Hypothetical Liberal Media Paradigm Matrixp. 37
8 Conclusion: A Lesson Learnedp. 51
9 Five Get-Rich-Quick Tips the Wall Street Fat Cats Donit Want You to Knowp. 52
10 Chapter for American Book by Kharap Jutap. 56
11 Iim Funnier than Kharap Jutap. 57
12 The Chapter on Foxp. 58
13 Bill OiReilly: Lying, Splotchy Bullyp. 65
14 Hannity and Colmesp. 83
15 The Blame-Americais-Ex-President-First Crowdp. 104
16 Operation Ignorep. 115
17 Our National Dialogue on Terrorismp. 123
18 Humor in Uniformp. 124
19 Who Created the Tone?p. 132
20 Did the Tone Change?p. 142
21 Why Did Anyone Think It Would Change?p. 143
22 I Grow Discouraged About the Tonep. 152
23 Iim Prudenizedp. 165
24 Paul Gigot Is Unable to Defend an Incredibly Stupid Wall Street Journal Editorialp. 170
25 This Was Not a Memorial to Paul Wellstonei: A Case Study in Right-Wing Liesp. 177
26 I Attend the White House Correspondents Dinner and Annoy Karl Rove, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and the Entire Fox News Teamp. 206
27 The Lying Yearsp. 217
28 Bush Canit Lose With Clintonis Militaryp. 220
29 Operation Chickenhawk: Episode Onep. 226
30 Fun with Racismp. 252
31 Iim a Bad Liarp. 261
32 Thank God for Jerry Falwellp. 277
33 Abstinence Heroesp. 283
34 Abstinence Heroes IIp. 287
35 By Far the Vast Majority of My Tax Cuts Go to Those at the Bottomip. 288
36 The Waitress and the Lawyer: A One-Act Playp. 304
37 The Gospel of Supply Side Jesusp. 313
38 I Challenge Rich Lowry to a Fightp. 324
39 Vast Lagoons of Pig Feces: The Bush Environmental Recordp. 328
40 I Meet Former First Lady Barbara Bush and It Doesnit Go Wellp. 336
41 My Personal Search for Weapons of Mass Destructionp. 342
42 The No Child Left Behind Standardized Testp. 349
43 What Is a Lie?p. 352
Sources and Notesp. 355
Meet TeamFrankenp. 369
Acknowledgmentsp. 373
Endnotesp. 379