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

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Pundits use puns, Political Analists analyze

I really enjoyed this audio book. It wasnt because i agreed with everything he wrote, it was because Frankin and his researchers took the time to give thoughtout reasons for their opinions and points of view. Unlike may political collumns, books, etc this one layed out ...
I really enjoyed this audio book. It wasnt because i agreed with everything he wrote, it was because Frankin and his researchers took the time to give thoughtout reasons for their opinions and points of view. Unlike may political collumns, books, etc this one layed out the lines of research and methods by which they came to their conclusions. Others tend to state their opinions, joke, then continue to the next topic. Frankin, on the other hand, gives the listener the background and information from which his statements are derived. While he obviously delights in pointing out inconsistancies or lies in his opponents, with hilarious effects in the audio, he also admits to some failures in his research. In a few cases he tells of setting out with a particular agenda and not finding the 'dirt' he had expected. Although in some sections Frankin exagerates and stylalizes for comedic effect, overall he maintains a conversational tone. The audio, in his own voice, is pleasant, comedic, and invites the listener apply their own critical thinking.

posted by Anonymous on July 24, 2006

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Nice Try But No Cigar

I've read many politically motivated books whether from the left or right and each may be meticulously researched but the general public has to remember... each one is out for the benefit of its own party affiliation. You want a good, unbiased, honest account of America...
I've read many politically motivated books whether from the left or right and each may be meticulously researched but the general public has to remember... each one is out for the benefit of its own party affiliation. You want a good, unbiased, honest account of American politics? Unfortunately, nothing of that sort seems to exist, much to my regret. Had I known Al would be mudslinging with the best of them, I wouldn't have wasted my money and instead have taken this out of my local library. 'A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right'? Um...He's a die hard liberal - what do you think? Does Bill O'Reilly have a fair and balanced look at the left? My point precisely. Lying liars? Perhaps. But I don't think Democrats are sporting any halos either (or should be). Truth is, politics is a dirty business and there's not a soul out there in the arena now that's worthy of adulation. Al Franken makes some good points and laces it at best with venomous satire that after awhile, I was tired of. Worth a look...but don't expect earthquakes. Unless of course, you're a die hard Democrat out for a Republican Hanging. If that's how you get your kicks, then by all means, dig in.

posted by Anonymous on October 16, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK,THEN WRITE A COMMENTARY

    Especially if you feel compelled to write a 'Patriotic' point of view.... as a Vietnam VET who served at Army HQ, I've distrusted ALL politicos at every level...... that skepticism has led me to research, rather than to BLINDLY trust our TOP DOGS..... Al seems to be bringing out the best and worst of reactions - which I beleive he intended, based on the interview he did with Ron Owens [KGO, SF radio] - and it seems those of us who have done our 'homework' [aka research] appreciate what he has laid out... as Jack Nicholson told us in ' A FEW Good Men': 'the TRUTH??????? You can't HANDLE the TRUTH!!!!' message to those who are discomforted by this book: GET OVER IT!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    Look up the word 'Satire' in the dictionary, people!

    Why is it that right-wing people have no sense of humor? People are whining here that Al's book is not 'fair and balanced.' Give me a break! (actually it's as fair and balanced as anything on FOX 'news') THIS BOOK IS A SATIRE, people! Grow a sense of humor! This is not Pulitzer Prize material; it's just supposed to be fun. I am especially amused by those who are ranting in their 'reviews' here about all the 'ranting' in Al's book. So ranting is okay for people on the right, but not on the left? Oh, brother! All Al Franken is doing is dishing back to conservatives what they have dished out to liberals over the years. And as usually, conservatives are showing that they can dish it out, but they can't take it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    You're the bad guys...you there, on the right...

    Who is Al Franken? After reading this book, I now know the answer...he is nothing more than a finger pointer and antagonist, and should be locked away in a room with Ann Coulter, James Carville and Bill O'Reilly...interesting idea? Widen the gap in this country a little more for us Al, lest the people on both sides of the aisle start 'gettin' along'...put you out of work, possibly?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    NOT TERRIBLY GOOD, YET NOT TERRIBLY BAD!

    The problem is ( at it always seems to be with these political types - right or left ), that Mr. Franken STARTS OUT with a position already established, then works backward toward it, to prove his point... this is, by definition, the obverse of 'fair and balanced.' The saving grace of the book, is the wonderful style, wit, and humor of his telling.

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