Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them A Fair and Balanced

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them A Fair and Balanced



10 thoughts on “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

  1. John Wiswell John Wiswell says:

    I’ve been a registered Democrat since high school and many of my values are liberal but this was awful This book is an example of atrocious holier than thou thinking with humor that is meaner than it is funny and blind where it should be practical It’s propaganda for people who already believe the cause and contributes nothing to discussion It’s every bit as spiteful and unreasonable to its opposition as the vilified super conservatives It makes me wonder if people like Franken and Ann Coulter aren’t in this for money as championship of polar values gets them easy praise and tons of cash I found the epilogue about the Democrats taking Congress and righting all the wrongs of the country to be the most amusing part of the book When we actually saw how little the Democratic Congress which I helped with my vote into office did it was like one final nail heavier than all the others driven through this paperback Now that they control the presidency and both houses of Congress with Franken in their company maybe some of his righteous prophecy can come true Until then do yourself a favor and pick up an informative book like Cobra II or All The Shah’s Men instead books intended to give you information so you can form your own opinions Mean spirited humor meant to demean those we disagree with only hurts national discourse no matter which “other” is being attacked


  2. Angel Falcon Angel Falcon says:

    I would recommend this book to intellectual conservatives so that they simply have ammo to disassociate themselves from the neo cons I actually respect true conservative thought and this administration was not it At all And Franken gives a funny sometimes enraging flogging of the neo con mediaIt's a great book I think however it preaches to the choir since the person who would read this is a liberal to begin with in the first placeAnd he DESTROYS Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reillythis in and of itself are good things


  3. Eric_W Eric_W says:

    This very funny but extremely serious book goes after the deliberate falsehoods perpetrated by the right wing on liberalsAs you may know the Fox Network went after Franken for trademark infringement because he used the phrase fair and balanced The judge threw out the suit as completely ludicrous and made several trenchant comments about the inability of the Fox executives to recognize satire when they saw itHarvard University gave Franken a fellowship to basically do whatever he wanted but demurred at his idea of having Harvard students write his son's college application Franken finally hit upon the idea of having a group of students do research for his book They bought the ideaHis first target is Ann Coulter author of Scandal Franken methodically picks apart her book revealing it for the inaccurate if not disingenuous piece of nonsense it is He also shows how she has blatantly lied about things Her Connecticut driver's license shows her birth date as 1961; her Washington DL says 1963 She claims the Washington DL is correct which means she voted as a sixteen year old On one of the applications she lied about her age Now many people have done that but since the US Patriot Act makes it a felony to put false information on a government ID she could be whisked away and held without counsel for a long time I wish they would Simple charges she makes in her book were never checked For example she complains that Evan Thomas supposedly one of those heinous liberals was the son of Norman Thomas four time sic candidate for president on the Socialist party ticket Actually he ran six times and a simple phone call to Evan Thomas reveals that he is not the son of Norman Thomas Coulter's book is filled with such false details Either she is extremely lazy or a blatant liar Franken obviously suspects the latterFrancken has infuriated that scion of right wing Fox Bill O'Reilly by publicly pointing out many untruths that O'Reilly has put forth At Book Expo in Los Angeles O'Reilly was humiliated by Franken who categorically listed all sorts of lies O'Reilly had perpetrated on the public Now Franken makes clear that occasionally making a mistake on a statistic is hardly a crime but O'Reilly's customary tactic when challenged with the correct information from unimpeachable sources is to simply bully and yell at his challenger rather than correct the mistake The problem is also that he makes lots of mistakes More from the sewer of right wing dishonesty When he interviewed the son of a worker killed on 911 on February 4th 2003 he became enraged at the son's opposition to the war in Ira had his engineer cut off the man's microphone and sent him packing saying to him after the show's end Get out of my studio before I tear you to fcking piecesO'Reilly who constantly rails at the lyrics of rap songs wrote a murder mystery in 1998 Those who Trespass about a serial killer who murders everyone who interferes with his rising television career that took explicit sex and violence to new heights and the English language to new lows In one murder the victim is killed by having a spoon driven through the roof of her mouth into her brain stem Variants of the F word and B word are used than 51 times Case of the pot calling the kettle black? O'Reilly is not a nice manTeam Franken took a look at Hannity's of Hannity and Colmes book to verify the factualness of his statements Examples of disingenuousness and dishonesty aboundBush's initial indifference to al aeda prior to 911 is astonishing The Clinton administration had developed plans for eliminating Bin Laden but those plans were ignored That the Bin Laden family were good friends with the Bush family is well known and Franken speculates as to what might have happened to Clinton had he been so nice to the Bin Laden family permitting a Saudi plane to fly around the country picking up family members for return to Saudi Arabia while American airplanes were grounded In the meantime President Bush has broken all presidential records for the number of days spent on vacationThe book is often uneven some parts funnier and some serious Should one laugh or cry learning that many of our leaders today Cheney Wolfowitz Perle Bush and other chickenhawks who are sending men off to die in war did everything in their power having their fathers pull strings and inventing flimsy excuses shouldn't pick on Limbaugh I think he was just too fat to avoid service in Vietnam


  4. Bren Bren says:

    Grown up love means actually understanding what you love taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow” ― Al Franken Lies the Lying Liars Who Tell Them A Fair Balanced Look at the Right45 starsI guess one's enjoyment of this depends on how much they like Al FrankenThis was the first book I’ve read by him and I found it to be a warm human and utterly hilarious read Al takes on FOX News in this this book in particular Bill O’ReillyThis book has a very interesting back story as supposedly Fox News sued Franken in court over the words Fair and Balanced which I find to be utterly hysterical And yes it is discussed in the book I suppose I can see why conservatives might get pissed off at this book but even if you’re not an ultra liberal this does make for fun reading Franken brings up a lot of things that are really on point George Bush was president when this came out Franken brings his wit through the book to be sure but the thing is lots of stuff in this book make so much sense I loved his Lawyer and the waitress storyI personally love reading political nonfiction books to get all viewpoints and I happen to be a fan of Franken If you are seeking a good political Non Fiction book this is a great one AND there is nothing about Trump because he was a long way from being president when this came out Sighresisting the urge to say something Snarky about nowWhatever your views on Franken he is not and never has been boring And he just makes one laugh while at the same time making you think I would give this 45 stars Highly recommended


  5. Brian Dean Brian Dean says:

    Why I love this book 1 Definitely one of the funniest book titles I've ever seen2 Remember when for years after 911 so many media and entertainment figures held themselves back from criticizing Bush administration? Al broke the silence uite a bit with this book which was basically a bullshit cry heard 'round the country After that it seemed to be way ok for others to start speaking out You may think he's too moderate but he's pretty clever at calling bullshit on the right3 There was some really hilarious controversy surrounding this book when it came out Bill O'Reilly got in a fight with Al over this book in a heated exchange at a major Book Expo The details of this fight are hilarious Also Fox tried to SUE him for using the fair and balanced phrase in his subtitle What happened is the judge told the Fox representatives in court that the were full of shit and in over their heads and the case was I think literally laughed out of court4 His sense of humor is very uniue


  6. Joe Joe says:

    I actually listened to Al Franken read this on Audio CD and I loved it The advantage here is that Al plays all the uotes by the people he's bashing with a little context and he himself is just very funny how he readsI know the subtitle's supposed to be a joke but this book is WAY MORE fair and balanced than anything by bona fide Ass Holes capitalized like Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter they are the Zeus and Hera of assholes This book exposes them and all their logical fallacies for what they really are Racist Elitist and Deviant I don't think it's a good book for converting far righters but it makes a lot of good logical points It's also heart felt and apolitical at points something Bill O'Reilly can't ever accomplish


  7. Karen Karen says:

    I don't have many five star books on my list; this one made the cut because I laughed and laughed and laughed often out loud Thinking back other books have made me chuckle or smile but I can't remember any other book just tickling my funny bone like this one Al Franken is clever but he's not this funny in person Team Franken discussions with God exposing the lies of famous conservatives and particularly the field trip to Bob Jones University all classic material What's Franken is smart enlightened and knows his stuff No wonder he's running for Senateand all the satisfying that he's going for his old friend Paul Wellstone's seatI couldn't muster big stars for the follow up The Truth The Truth was hard hitting and bitter I enjoyed it I learned from it I share his bitterness but it was missing the playful touch that made Lies such a great read


  8. Stephen Stephen says:

    05 stars Okay this one was entirely my fault After reading and hating Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot I was still somehow drawn to open up and read this book Big mistake and I freely admit it As for a review of the book my best summary would be blah blah joke that isn't funny blahhalf truthblahout of context uoteblah blahpolitical attack without evidential or even logical basisblah blah blahsay the same thing ten different ways none of them rightblah blah blah mean spirited bomb throwingblah blah still jokes that aren't funnyblah blah blahthe end All that said if the book had been funny I would have looked past the flaws as I don't look to Al Franken for political insight However when you waste my time AND are boring all of the other flaws jump off the page at me In a wordOUCH


  9. David David says:

    Franken has a uasi Socratic disingenuousness It's not uite that he claims ignorance while exposing the ignorance of others What Franken claims is that he's a comedian in contrast with the apparently serious political commentators he skewers And he really is funny And sharp I laughed out loud at Loving America the Al Franken Way a grab bag of facets of America rated on a goodbadweird scale But often Franken sounds deadly serious In the same chapter responding to the claim that liberals train our children to criticize America not celebrate it he says To a four year old everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad Grown up love means actually understanding what you love taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow It's a good point And it is funny sort of that Franken's target in this case Sean Hannity seems to miss it After a while though the seriousness seeps through I found some of the later chapters sad or discouraging and funny at the same time He's his own straight man and it works


  10. Matt Matt says:

    I hate to bring a heavy hand to a snowball fight but this book is actually important to me You know how some books act as landmarks in your life either as a reader or as an acutal liver of the world outside the window and the page? This is one of mineI bought it years ago with trembling glee as the post 911 world of politics had become my insomniac obsession and I was in need of not only some rhetorical weaponry but an insightful informed take on what I knew in my bones as so many of us lefties new or abiding did know and were right about all along was a shitshow non pareil I trusted Al Franken then as now for his wit his humor his sense of the absurd and patently obvious He's not only a humorist but an educated tasteful sober observer of the scene It's beyond cliche to talk about how comedians are truth seekers in disguise as funny monkeys and so I won't or will at least try to avoid saying this about Mister FrankenNo Al's gotthe human touch dignity authenticity and even a certain kind of silly nobility in his bones Not only does he know what he wants to say but how to say it what the goons'll yammer about it and why it might not only be truth to power but proper policy for an earnest statesman At this point I'd like to mention that poetic minded as I am I have never interpreted the phrase 'truth to power' in the literal sense of bending the ear of the high and mighty so much as a mode of speech in which the truth is made active illuminated vivid in a word irreducible That's part of what Al's got And so I was tickled all kinds of pink when he was FINALLY elected Senator of the great state of Minnesota He beat out a stuffy affluent shmuck who tried to wear him down by constantly recalling and thereby prolonging a truly close election probably tacitly hoping that an exhuasted Al would concede He didn't Good for him and good for usAnyway there is a uality to this book which is dated Taking swipes at Bill O'Reilly and Coulter and the bunch doesn't have the same oomph it did back when there were still relatively important Fox blowhards twisting the national discourse smearing ostensibly interesting and complex kitchen table debates with well liesand damned liesand innuendoand green fog of self righteousness and persecuted self pity Luckily these yahoos burned out on their own gluey corruption and hypocrisy which was of course bound to happen some day just not as far along as it took I still think you can divvy up the GOP field between the archetypes represented by Billo and Hannity Hannity is the purist the innocent the foot soldier the ignorant true believer who would take a bullet for his master Hannity used to smoke cigars this is true now and he enjoyed this lesiurely activity until one day his tiny son came up to him and asked him why daddy smokes those smelly things aren't they bad for you? Ol' Hannity couldn't take it He took one look at the stogie and the other at his lil' tyke and chucked it forever As a longtime smoker I can appreciate the gesture But you know what? IN the grand scheme of things an eually appropriate answer would be to say 'you know what kid? Daddy's had a hard day of payin' the bills Don't you have some homework to do or something?' and that would be thatAnother case one day he had a couple of working girls from the Moonlight Bunny Ranch on with their portly patron Dennis Hoff The girls explained the general Heffner line about America being hung up about sex it's just a job yes we have relationships outside of work etc Hannity couldn't believe it He uoted Psalms but what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his SOUL? The bunnies just looked at him blinking It was an odd momentCompare this with O'Reilly's indiscretions calling up his employee and not only verbally fantasizing about her to her face but remarking on how he happened to be following suit in the privacy of his bedroom if you catch my drift Falafel the list goes onJust look at this years' race for the GOP nominationthe point being that the GOP can be helpfully divided up between sleazy oppotunistic hypocrites who preach family values and of course get caught with their 20' something campaign staffers becoming their third wives blahblahblah and psychotic purists who buy the party line to the nervous systemAnyway it's this kind of stuff which reading Al has inspired in me take it for what you willI actually was able to meet someone who worked for him an auxiliary member of the grinning Team Franken in the back pages and he happily reported that Al has his down sides like anyone else but was an essentially decent hardworking and conscientious boss Good to hearAnyway this book wouldn't really do much than further any interested parties in their desire to learn get a bit of perspective and enjoy the process while they're at it Not a bad accomplishment all things considered Viva Al


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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right Author Al Franken – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Al Franken one of our savviest satirists People takes on the issues the politicians and the pundits in one of the most anticipated books of the year For the first time since his own classic Rush Limba Al Franken one of the Lying PDF É our savviest satirists People takes on the issues the politicians and the pundits in one of the most anticipated books of the year For the first time since his own classic Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations Al Franken trains his subversive wit directly on the contemporary political scene Now the master of political humor Washington Times destroys the myth of liberal bias in Lies and PDF/EPUB ² 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 the Bush administration and their rhetorical hypocrisy Not Ann Coulter and her specious screeds Not the new generation of talk radio hosts and not Bill O'Reilly Roger Ailes and the entire Fox network This is the book Al Franken fans have been waiting for and the Lying PDF/EPUB ä and his foes have been dreading Timely provocative unfailingly honest and always funny Lies is sure to become the most talked about and the Lying Liars Who Epub / book of political humor in and beyond.

10 thoughts on “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

  1. John Wiswell John Wiswell says:

    I’ve been a registered Democrat since high school and many of my values are liberal but this was awful This book is an example of atrocious holier than thou thinking with humor that is meaner than it is funny and blind where it should be practical It’s propaganda for people who already believe the cause and contributes nothing to discussion It’s every bit as spiteful and unreasonable to its opposition as the vilified super conservatives It makes me wonder if people like Franken and Ann Coulter aren’t in this for money as championship of polar values gets them easy praise and tons of cash I found the epilogue about the Democrats taking Congress and righting all the wrongs of the country to be the most amusing part of the book When we actually saw how little the Democratic Congress which I helped with my vote into office did it was like one final nail heavier than all the others driven through this paperback Now that they control the presidency and both houses of Congress with Franken in their company maybe some of his righteous prophecy can come true Until then do yourself a favor and pick up an informative book like Cobra II or All The Shah’s Men instead books intended to give you information so you can form your own opinions Mean spirited humor meant to demean those we disagree with only hurts national discourse no matter which “other” is being attacked

  2. Angel Falcon Angel Falcon says:

    I would recommend this book to intellectual conservatives so that they simply have ammo to disassociate themselves from the neo cons I actually respect true conservative thought and this administration was not it At all And Franken gives a funny sometimes enraging flogging of the neo con mediaIt's a great book I think however it preaches to the choir since the person who would read this is a liberal to begin with in the first placeAnd he DESTROYS Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reillythis in and of itself are good things

  3. Eric_W Eric_W says:

    This very funny but extremely serious book goes after the deliberate falsehoods perpetrated by the right wing on liberalsAs you may know the Fox Network went after Franken for trademark infringement because he used the phrase fair and balanced The judge threw out the suit as completely ludicrous and made several trenchant comments about the inability of the Fox executives to recognize satire when they saw itHarvard University gave Franken a fellowship to basically do whatever he wanted but demurred at his idea of having Harvard students write his son's college application Franken finally hit upon the idea of having a group of students do research for his book They bought the ideaHis first target is Ann Coulter author of Scandal Franken methodically picks apart her book revealing it for the inaccurate if not disingenuous piece of nonsense it is He also shows how she has blatantly lied about things Her Connecticut driver's license shows her birth date as 1961; her Washington DL says 1963 She claims the Washington DL is correct which means she voted as a sixteen year old On one of the applications she lied about her age Now many people have done that but since the US Patriot Act makes it a felony to put false information on a government ID she could be whisked away and held without counsel for a long time I wish they would Simple charges she makes in her book were never checked For example she complains that Evan Thomas supposedly one of those heinous liberals was the son of Norman Thomas four time sic candidate for president on the Socialist party ticket Actually he ran six times and a simple phone call to Evan Thomas reveals that he is not the son of Norman Thomas Coulter's book is filled with such false details Either she is extremely lazy or a blatant liar Franken obviously suspects the latterFrancken has infuriated that scion of right wing Fox Bill O'Reilly by publicly pointing out many untruths that O'Reilly has put forth At Book Expo in Los Angeles O'Reilly was humiliated by Franken who categorically listed all sorts of lies O'Reilly had perpetrated on the public Now Franken makes clear that occasionally making a mistake on a statistic is hardly a crime but O'Reilly's customary tactic when challenged with the correct information from unimpeachable sources is to simply bully and yell at his challenger rather than correct the mistake The problem is also that he makes lots of mistakes More from the sewer of right wing dishonesty When he interviewed the son of a worker killed on 911 on February 4th 2003 he became enraged at the son's opposition to the war in Ira had his engineer cut off the man's microphone and sent him packing saying to him after the show's end Get out of my studio before I tear you to fcking piecesO'Reilly who constantly rails at the lyrics of rap songs wrote a murder mystery in 1998 Those who Trespass about a serial killer who murders everyone who interferes with his rising television career that took explicit sex and violence to new heights and the English language to new lows In one murder the victim is killed by having a spoon driven through the roof of her mouth into her brain stem Variants of the F word and B word are used than 51 times Case of the pot calling the kettle black? O'Reilly is not a nice manTeam Franken took a look at Hannity's of Hannity and Colmes book to verify the factualness of his statements Examples of disingenuousness and dishonesty aboundBush's initial indifference to al aeda prior to 911 is astonishing The Clinton administration had developed plans for eliminating Bin Laden but those plans were ignored That the Bin Laden family were good friends with the Bush family is well known and Franken speculates as to what might have happened to Clinton had he been so nice to the Bin Laden family permitting a Saudi plane to fly around the country picking up family members for return to Saudi Arabia while American airplanes were grounded In the meantime President Bush has broken all presidential records for the number of days spent on vacationThe book is often uneven some parts funnier and some serious Should one laugh or cry learning that many of our leaders today Cheney Wolfowitz Perle Bush and other chickenhawks who are sending men off to die in war did everything in their power having their fathers pull strings and inventing flimsy excuses shouldn't pick on Limbaugh I think he was just too fat to avoid service in Vietnam

  4. Bren Bren says:

    Grown up love means actually understanding what you love taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow” ― Al Franken Lies the Lying Liars Who Tell Them A Fair Balanced Look at the Right45 starsI guess one's enjoyment of this depends on how much they like Al FrankenThis was the first book I’ve read by him and I found it to be a warm human and utterly hilarious read Al takes on FOX News in this this book in particular Bill O’ReillyThis book has a very interesting back story as supposedly Fox News sued Franken in court over the words Fair and Balanced which I find to be utterly hysterical And yes it is discussed in the book I suppose I can see why conservatives might get pissed off at this book but even if you’re not an ultra liberal this does make for fun reading Franken brings up a lot of things that are really on point George Bush was president when this came out Franken brings his wit through the book to be sure but the thing is lots of stuff in this book make so much sense I loved his Lawyer and the waitress storyI personally love reading political nonfiction books to get all viewpoints and I happen to be a fan of Franken If you are seeking a good political Non Fiction book this is a great one AND there is nothing about Trump because he was a long way from being president when this came out Sighresisting the urge to say something Snarky about nowWhatever your views on Franken he is not and never has been boring And he just makes one laugh while at the same time making you think I would give this 45 stars Highly recommended

  5. Brian Dean Brian Dean says:

    Why I love this book 1 Definitely one of the funniest book titles I've ever seen2 Remember when for years after 911 so many media and entertainment figures held themselves back from criticizing Bush administration? Al broke the silence uite a bit with this book which was basically a bullshit cry heard 'round the country After that it seemed to be way ok for others to start speaking out You may think he's too moderate but he's pretty clever at calling bullshit on the right3 There was some really hilarious controversy surrounding this book when it came out Bill O'Reilly got in a fight with Al over this book in a heated exchange at a major Book Expo The details of this fight are hilarious Also Fox tried to SUE him for using the fair and balanced phrase in his subtitle What happened is the judge told the Fox representatives in court that the were full of shit and in over their heads and the case was I think literally laughed out of court4 His sense of humor is very uniue

  6. Joe Joe says:

    I actually listened to Al Franken read this on Audio CD and I loved it The advantage here is that Al plays all the uotes by the people he's bashing with a little context and he himself is just very funny how he readsI know the subtitle's supposed to be a joke but this book is WAY MORE fair and balanced than anything by bona fide Ass Holes capitalized like Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter they are the Zeus and Hera of assholes This book exposes them and all their logical fallacies for what they really are Racist Elitist and Deviant I don't think it's a good book for converting far righters but it makes a lot of good logical points It's also heart felt and apolitical at points something Bill O'Reilly can't ever accomplish

  7. Karen Karen says:

    I don't have many five star books on my list; this one made the cut because I laughed and laughed and laughed often out loud Thinking back other books have made me chuckle or smile but I can't remember any other book just tickling my funny bone like this one Al Franken is clever but he's not this funny in person Team Franken discussions with God exposing the lies of famous conservatives and particularly the field trip to Bob Jones University all classic material What's Franken is smart enlightened and knows his stuff No wonder he's running for Senateand all the satisfying that he's going for his old friend Paul Wellstone's seatI couldn't muster big stars for the follow up The Truth The Truth was hard hitting and bitter I enjoyed it I learned from it I share his bitterness but it was missing the playful touch that made Lies such a great read

  8. Stephen Stephen says:

    05 stars Okay this one was entirely my fault After reading and hating Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot I was still somehow drawn to open up and read this book Big mistake and I freely admit it As for a review of the book my best summary would be blah blah joke that isn't funny blahhalf truthblahout of context uoteblah blahpolitical attack without evidential or even logical basisblah blah blahsay the same thing ten different ways none of them rightblah blah blah mean spirited bomb throwingblah blah still jokes that aren't funnyblah blah blahthe end All that said if the book had been funny I would have looked past the flaws as I don't look to Al Franken for political insight However when you waste my time AND are boring all of the other flaws jump off the page at me In a wordOUCH

  9. David David says:

    Franken has a uasi Socratic disingenuousness It's not uite that he claims ignorance while exposing the ignorance of others What Franken claims is that he's a comedian in contrast with the apparently serious political commentators he skewers And he really is funny And sharp I laughed out loud at Loving America the Al Franken Way a grab bag of facets of America rated on a goodbadweird scale But often Franken sounds deadly serious In the same chapter responding to the claim that liberals train our children to criticize America not celebrate it he says To a four year old everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad Grown up love means actually understanding what you love taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow It's a good point And it is funny sort of that Franken's target in this case Sean Hannity seems to miss it After a while though the seriousness seeps through I found some of the later chapters sad or discouraging and funny at the same time He's his own straight man and it works

  10. Matt Matt says:

    I hate to bring a heavy hand to a snowball fight but this book is actually important to me You know how some books act as landmarks in your life either as a reader or as an acutal liver of the world outside the window and the page? This is one of mineI bought it years ago with trembling glee as the post 911 world of politics had become my insomniac obsession and I was in need of not only some rhetorical weaponry but an insightful informed take on what I knew in my bones as so many of us lefties new or abiding did know and were right about all along was a shitshow non pareil I trusted Al Franken then as now for his wit his humor his sense of the absurd and patently obvious He's not only a humorist but an educated tasteful sober observer of the scene It's beyond cliche to talk about how comedians are truth seekers in disguise as funny monkeys and so I won't or will at least try to avoid saying this about Mister FrankenNo Al's gotthe human touch dignity authenticity and even a certain kind of silly nobility in his bones Not only does he know what he wants to say but how to say it what the goons'll yammer about it and why it might not only be truth to power but proper policy for an earnest statesman At this point I'd like to mention that poetic minded as I am I have never interpreted the phrase 'truth to power' in the literal sense of bending the ear of the high and mighty so much as a mode of speech in which the truth is made active illuminated vivid in a word irreducible That's part of what Al's got And so I was tickled all kinds of pink when he was FINALLY elected Senator of the great state of Minnesota He beat out a stuffy affluent shmuck who tried to wear him down by constantly recalling and thereby prolonging a truly close election probably tacitly hoping that an exhuasted Al would concede He didn't Good for him and good for usAnyway there is a uality to this book which is dated Taking swipes at Bill O'Reilly and Coulter and the bunch doesn't have the same oomph it did back when there were still relatively important Fox blowhards twisting the national discourse smearing ostensibly interesting and complex kitchen table debates with well liesand damned liesand innuendoand green fog of self righteousness and persecuted self pity Luckily these yahoos burned out on their own gluey corruption and hypocrisy which was of course bound to happen some day just not as far along as it took I still think you can divvy up the GOP field between the archetypes represented by Billo and Hannity Hannity is the purist the innocent the foot soldier the ignorant true believer who would take a bullet for his master Hannity used to smoke cigars this is true now and he enjoyed this lesiurely activity until one day his tiny son came up to him and asked him why daddy smokes those smelly things aren't they bad for you? Ol' Hannity couldn't take it He took one look at the stogie and the other at his lil' tyke and chucked it forever As a longtime smoker I can appreciate the gesture But you know what? IN the grand scheme of things an eually appropriate answer would be to say 'you know what kid? Daddy's had a hard day of payin' the bills Don't you have some homework to do or something?' and that would be thatAnother case one day he had a couple of working girls from the Moonlight Bunny Ranch on with their portly patron Dennis Hoff The girls explained the general Heffner line about America being hung up about sex it's just a job yes we have relationships outside of work etc Hannity couldn't believe it He uoted Psalms but what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his SOUL? The bunnies just looked at him blinking It was an odd momentCompare this with O'Reilly's indiscretions calling up his employee and not only verbally fantasizing about her to her face but remarking on how he happened to be following suit in the privacy of his bedroom if you catch my drift Falafel the list goes onJust look at this years' race for the GOP nominationthe point being that the GOP can be helpfully divided up between sleazy oppotunistic hypocrites who preach family values and of course get caught with their 20' something campaign staffers becoming their third wives blahblahblah and psychotic purists who buy the party line to the nervous systemAnyway it's this kind of stuff which reading Al has inspired in me take it for what you willI actually was able to meet someone who worked for him an auxiliary member of the grinning Team Franken in the back pages and he happily reported that Al has his down sides like anyone else but was an essentially decent hardworking and conscientious boss Good to hearAnyway this book wouldn't really do much than further any interested parties in their desire to learn get a bit of perspective and enjoy the process while they're at it Not a bad accomplishment all things considered Viva Al

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