Lies

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 408.23g
  • PLUME
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0452285216
  • 9780452285217
  • 482,164

Table of contents

A Note from the Author  xiIntroduction xv1 Hummus 12  Ann Coulter: Nutcase  53 You Know Who I Don't Like? Ann Coulter  174 Liberals Who Hate America   215 Loving America the Al Franken Way  246 I Bitch-Slap Bernie Goldberg 287 The 2000 Presidential Election: How It Disproved the Hypothetical Liberal Media Paradigm Matrix 378 Conclusion: A Lesson Learned 519 Five Get-Rich-Quick Tips the Wall Street  Fat Cats Don't Want You to Know 5210 Chapter for American Book by Kharap Juta 5611 I'm Funnier than Kharap Juta 5712 The Chapter on Fox 5813 Bill O'Reilly: Lying, Splotchy Bully 6514 Hannity and Comes 8315 The Blame-America's Ex-President-First Crowd 10416 Operation Ignore 11517 Our National Dialogue on Terrorism 12318 Humor in Uniform 12419 Who Created the Tone? 13220 Did the tone Change? 14221 Why Did Anyone Think It Would Change? 143 22 I Grow Discouraged About the Tone 15223 I'm Prudenized 16524 Paul Gigot Is Unable to Defend an Incredibly Stupid Wall Street Journal Editorial 17025 "This Was Not a Memorial to Paul Wellstone": A Case Study in Right-Wing Lies 17726 I Attend the White House Correspondents Dinner and Annoy Karl Rove, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and the Entire Fox News Team  20627 The Lying Years 21728 Bush Can't Lose With Clinton's Military 22029 Operation Chickenhawk: Episode One 22630 Fun with Racism 25231 I'm a Bad Liar 26132 Thank God for Jerry Falwell 27733 Abstinence Heroes 28334 Abstinence Heroes II 28735 "By Far the Vast Majority of My Tax Cuts Go to Those at the Bottom"  28836 The Waitress and the Lawyer: A One-Act Play 30437 The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus 31338 I Challenge Rich Lowry to a Fight 32439 Vast Lagoons of Pig Feces: The Bush Environmental Record 32840 I Meet Former First Lady Barbara Bush and It Doesn't Go Well! 33641 My Personal Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction 34242 The No Child Left Behind Standardized Test 34943 What is a Lie? 352    Sources and Notes 355   Meet TeamFranken 369   Acknowledgments 373   Endnotes 379
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"Laugh-out-loud funny."--The Washington Post "Rings with the moral clarity of an angel's trumpet... Although Franken is a self-proclaimed liberal, his work differs in that it presents well-substantiated arguments and damning examples of false accusations that conservatives have effectively used against Democrats... sharp analysis and humor."--Associated Press

"A typically unabashed blend of razor-witted denunciation and old-fashioned gumshoe detective work directed at right-wing crazies both in and out of government... [An] exquisitely irritating new book."--The Independent (London)

"[A] heady mixture of scathing humor and righteous indignation."--The Onion

"In the kicking, spitting spirit of current all-star political discourse, Al Franken gives as good as he gets."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Praise for Oh, the Things I Know!

"With a nod to Dr. Seuss and his popular tome for graduates of all ages, Franken offers his own advice guide, which covers pretty much anything anyone wants to understand about life... This laugh-aloud take on advice books--it is dedicated simply 'For Oprah'--is Stuart Smiley with an edge."--Ilene Cooper, Booklist

"Easy-to-follow guide to success and, failing that, happiness."--USA Today

Praise for The Truth (with jokes)

"Devastating... The Truth keeps its promise to be funny about extremely unfunny matters. It matches Lies in wit, and its subjects are tougher. The gags have bite. . . . And it is effectively leavened with bits of dialogue, many of them all too real."--The New York Times

"Subtle, laugh-or-cry-out-loud and ultimately devastating . . . The Truth (with jokes) is guaranteed to rile the right again with its forensic lasering of Republican skullduggery and media mendacity, laced with sharp humor. . . . [Franken] is the voice the American left has been waiting for."--The Guardian (London)
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About Al Franken

U.S. Senator Al Franken grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Before running for the Senate, Al spent 37 years as an Emmy award-winning comedy writer; author of I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!, Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, Lies (and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them), and Giant of the Senate; and radio talk show host. He has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.

First elected to the Senate in 2008, and re-elected in 2014, he currently sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. He has been married to his wife, Franni, for 40 years.
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