And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452285217
  • 448 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


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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.


“This book is laugh-out-loud funny.” —The Washington Post

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

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author  xi

Introduction xv

1 Hummus 1

2  Ann Coulter: Nutcase  5

3 You Know Who I Don’t Like? Ann Coulter  17

4 Liberals Who Hate America   21

5 Loving America the Al Franken Way  24

6 I Bitch-Slap Bernie Goldberg 28

7 The 2000 Presidential Election: How It Disproved the Hypothetical Liberal Media Paradigm Matrix 37

8 Conclusion: A Lesson Learned 51

9 Five Get-Rich-Quick Tips the Wall Street  Fat Cats Don’t Want You to Know 52

10 Chapter for American Book by Kharap Juta 56

11 I’m Funnier than Kharap Juta 57

12 The Chapter on Fox 58

13 Bill O’Reilly: Lying, Splotchy Bully 65

14 Hannity and Comes 83

15 The Blame-America’s Ex-President-First Crowd 104

16 Operation Ignore 115

17 Our National Dialogue on Terrorism 123

18 Humor in Uniform 124

19 Who Created the Tone? 132

20 Did the tone Change? 142

21 Why Did Anyone Think It Would Change? 143 

22 I Grow Discouraged About the Tone 152

23 I’m Prudenized 165

24 Paul Gigot Is Unable to Defend an Incredibly Stupid Wall Street Journal Editorial 170

25 “This Was Not a Memorial to Paul Wellstone”: A Case Study in Right-Wing Lies 177

26 I Attend the White House Correspondents Dinner and Annoy Karl Rove, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and the Entire Fox News Team  206

27 The Lying Years 217

28 Bush Can’t Lose With Clinton’s Military 220

29 Operation Chickenhawk: Episode One 226

30 Fun with Racism 252

31 I’m a Bad Liar 261

32 Thank God for Jerry Falwell 277

33 Abstinence Heroes 283

34 Abstinence Heroes II 287

35 “By Far the Vast Majority of My Tax Cuts Go to Those at the Bottom”  288

36 The Waitress and the Lawyer: A One-Act Play 304

37 The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus 313

38 I Challenge Rich Lowry to a Fight 324

39 Vast Lagoons of Pig Feces: The Bush Environmental Record 328

40 I Meet Former First Lady Barbara Bush and It Doesn’t Go Well! 336

41 My Personal Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction 342

42 The No Child Left Behind Standardized Test 349

43 What is a Lie? 352

    Sources and Notes 355

   Meet TeamFranken 369

   Acknowledgments 373

   Endnotes 379

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