Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

Lies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair & Balanced Look at the RightLies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair & Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first read this in 2004, but I recently re-read it because I couldn't remember it and Franken has a new book that I'll have to wait to get from the library. This book is actually really well-argued and researched, probably because Franken had an entire team of Harvard students to fact-check and edit his chapters. But the most remarkable thing is how inaccurate the purposefully conservative media already was by 2003- and how they have always (ironically) accused the mainstream media of having a bias. Fox News had already been in operation for about 6 years- since October 1996. You know what distinguishes real news from "fake news?" Fact checking, fact checking, fact checking!

Twenty years later we are living through the disastrous results of the right wing's attack on truth, which turned out to be an attack on American democracy.

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