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By Al Franken

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Al Franken, one among our “savviest satirists” (People), has been learning the rhetoric of the proper. He has listened to their cries of “slander,” “bias,” or even “treason.” He has tested the Bush administration’s regulations of squandering our surplus, ravaging the surroundings, and alienating the remainder of the world. He’s even watched Fox News. A lot.

And, during this reasonable and balanced file, Al bravely and candidly exposes all of them for what they're: liars. Lying, mendacity liars. Al destroys the liberal media bias fantasy by way of doing what his ambitions look incapable of: getting his evidence directly. utilizing the Right’s personal phrases opposed to them, he's taking at the pundits, the politicians, and the problems, within the such a lot mentioned ebook of the year.

Timely, provocative, unfailingly sincere, and constantly humorous, Lies sticks it to the main right-wing management in reminiscence, and to the right-wing media hacks who do its bidding.

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It used to be simply so invoice. There’s no disgrace in screwing up a statistic now and then. humans make blunders. It’s simply that someplace deep in O’Reilly’s psyche there’s truly an apprehension of being proved fallacious. while he’s faced with a mistake, the bully comes out, and he bludgeons his site visitors with improper or simply made-up evidence and figures. at the February five, 2002, issue, O’Reilly instructed his visitor, nationwide association of girls president Kim Gandy, that fifty eight percentage of single-mom houses are on welfare. truly, merely 14 percentage of unmarried mothers are on welfare. whilst Gandy challenged him, O’Reilly bloviated, “You can’t say no, pass over Gandy. That’s the stat. You can’t simply push aside it . . . it’s fifty eight percentage. That’s what it's from the government. ” On February 26, 2001, O’Reilly defended Jeb Bush’s “One Florida” software to country Senator Kendrick Meek. “All correct, glance, within the collage method in Florida without delay, 37 percentage of the ten universities are black. Thirty-seven percentage. ” Black enrollment that yr was once 18 percentage. while Meek attempted to right him, O’Reilly reduce Meek off with “I received the numbers and they’re lifeless on! ” On may well eight, 2001, O’Reilly boasted that the us offers “far and away extra tax cash to overseas international locations than somebody . . . no one else even comes shut. ” Japan supplies extra. now not according to capita. extra. whilst his visitor, Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for coverage stories, mentioned that the U. S. provides a smaller fraction of its gross nationwide product than the other constructed state, O’Reilly bellowed, “That’s no longer actual. ” it truly is. Bennis hung in there and stated, “It’s totally real on a consistent with capita foundation. ” basically having no suggestion what he used to be speaking approximately, O’Reilly flailed away. “Well, we have now a 3 hundred million inhabitants base right here and Sweden has 3 million, so that’s skewed out. ” Sweden has approximately 9 million humans. invoice O’Reilly: mendacity, Splotchy Bully seventy seven Now, like I stated, there’s no disgrace in sometimes messing up an vague statistic just like the inhabitants of an immense industrialized kingdom. you most likely didn’t understand it. I definitely didn’t. yet i'd by no means insist that I did. even if an obnoxiously continual visitor catches O’Reilly lifeless to rights, invoice nonetheless manages to sow seeds of doubt within the audience’ minds. As you will see that from this 1999 software with well known company speaker Al Franken. In ’93 [Clinton] handed the finances deficit package deal with all Republicans balloting opposed to him. FRANKEN: Clinton couldn’t have handed it, Al, if all Republicans voted opposed to him. O’REILLY: definite, he might. good, ever y Republican voted opposed to it in ’93. each of—every unmarried Republican. FRANKEN: Is that—you—I may well stand corrected there. We’ll glance it up. O’REILLY: FRANKEN: chances are you'll. You do. it truly is . . . O’REILLY: I do stand corrected? FRANKEN: Yeah. O’REILLY: Are you certain? FRANKEN: totally. each Republican . . . O’REILLY: ok. alright. We’ve bought it at the tape. Which, after all, they’ll by no means rerun. those are just a couple of examples, a number of pearls dredged from the huge oyster mattress feeding off the effluent flowing from the sewer of right-wing dishonesty.

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