And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them : A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

Book - 2004
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The #1 New York Times bestseller by Senator Al Franken, author of Giant of the Senate

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 GOP'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.

Publisher: New York :, Penguin Group Inc.,, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780452285217
Branch Call Number: 320.9730207 FR
Characteristics: xxi, 421 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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May 16, 2020

In LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM: A FAIR AND BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT (Dutton, $24.95), Al Franken debunks the myth of a liberal-media bias by exposing the vast majority of media misinformation for what it is: right-wing. The book resulted in a lawsuit brought by Fox against the author which was laughed out of court. But you didn't hear that on the evening news.

Sep 21, 2017

This book is “fair and balanced” in the sense that it counters the unfair and heavily weighted case that the liars make. I expected exposure of the wing-nut propaganda and the book delivers it. His assertions gain validity from Team Franken, his group of high-achieving Harvard researchers, who found the truth and kept him honest. What I didn’t expect was the laugh-out-loud gags or the poignant explanations of serious matters. Franken makes the case for his in-your-face approach in the final chapter, “What is a Lie?” His “hope is that, if we keep calling them on their calculated dishonesty, their dishonesty will lose its effectiveness.” We might hope so, but those same folks are still spewing the same stuff 15 years later. I guess there’s a ditto-head born every minute.


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May 16, 2020

Al Franken, the former senator who was brought down by the Me Too movement for a childish prank, published LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM in 2004. With it, he attempts to debunk the myth of overwhelming liberal bias in the media. Rupert Murdoch's media empire (Fox) took offense to his hypothesis and sued because they apparently either don't understand, or don't give a sh*t about the constitution, and when their lawsuit was laughed out of court, in effect handing Franken a win . . . crickets. So much for liberal bias.


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May 16, 2020

[W]hen [Fox's] lawsuit was laughed out of court, in effect handing Franken a win . . . crickets.


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