Title: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Author: Al Franken
Publication Year: 2003
Former Saturday Night Live writer Al Franken directs his satiric skills at two large targets: the George W. Bush administration and the right-wing media embodied by Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, and others. While Franken is as outrageous here as he was in his previous RUSH LIMBAUGH IS A BIG FAT IDIOT AND OTHER OBSERVATIONS, he was taken very seriously by Fox News Channel which initiated a lawsuit just prior to publication, claiming copyright infringement because his subtitle borrows their "fair and balanced" phrase. The judge in the case declared the suit to be wholly without merit, and Fox News subsequently dropped its suit.
The author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations offers a whimsical critique of the Right, challenging conceptions about the media's liberal bias, exposing the party's deceptive practices, and identifying inconsistencies in the Bush administration. 200,000 first printing.
"[T]he book is funny." New York Daily News - Sheryl Connelly (08/24/2003)
"The former 'Saturday Night Live' comic knows how to deliver a punch line along with a punch, as is evident in his new book....The book's tone careens between serious analysis and playground taunts." Washington Post - Howard Kurtz (08/28/2003)
"In the kicking, spitting spirit of current all-star political discourse, Al Franken gives as good as he gets....Name calling, fact molding, gotcha!: all figure prominently in Mr. Franken's instant best seller LIES, just as they do in most of the books that LIES attacks. Whatever their partisanship, these sporting diatribes share two underlying attitudes: 'What gray area?' and 'It's all about me.'" New York Times - Janet Maslin (09/02/2003)