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Lies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
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Nov 30, 2008

really liked it
Read in December, 2006

Political satire at its most biting, Al Franken has the drawn-out dead pan punch lines of Jon Stewart in a written medium more conducive to expansion on things like historical context, political backlash, and a chance to reflect on his own role in the public arena - a task he accomplishes in ways sometimes a bit too self-aggrandizing, but most often earnest and simple. His conflicts with O'Reilly and Coulter got a little too personal - there were a couple of chapters that felt like he was trying to get some free therapy out of writing out some rage - but they were always funny, and there was always a salient point to the telling, which is more than I can say for Coulter or O'Reilly. He has a sense of honest humility and tells a story about his intent to pull one over on the students and faculty of Bob Jones University that ends in him feeling shamefaced for trying to dogmatically attack another's system of beliefs. Good show, Franken.
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