… Pants on Fire: How Al Franken Lies, Smears and Deceives (Hardcover)
By Alan Skorski
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Al Franken was a "nobody" in the arena of political punditry before he wrote two bestselling books, "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" and "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them." Now he's a member of the United States Senate. During his time as a prominent figure on the liberal Air America radio network, formed to counter the mostly conservative voice of mainstream talk radio, he consistently boasted, "I tell the truth" and "I hold myself to an impossibly high standard when it comes to telling the truth."
Until now, Franken's continuous smears against his enemies while promoting himself as the "ultimate truth teller" have gone unchallenged by the mainstream media. Surprisingly, even conservative or right-leaning media have not challenged the falsity of much of what he says, although Franken does not define what he believes is a lie, except to say that conservatives "get away with it." In contrast, author Alan Skorski defines a lie as "intentionally telling an untruth with the purpose of trying to cover up or get away with something," which he then accuses Franken of doing with impunity.
Skorski has researched the facts regarding the allegations in Franken's last two books, monitored his daily radio show, spoken with people cited and referenced in Franken's books and exchanged approximately 30 emails with Franken in order to provide readers with an accurate insight into how Franken thinks and operates. What Skorski finds and documents is something very different from what Franken claims, and he concludes that, unlike many of the petty "lies" Franken writes about in his books – whether Bill O'Reilly's "Inside Edition" show won a Peabody or a Polk award or whether Ann Coulter said that she and Franken were "friendly" – "... Pants on Fire" reveals that Franken himself regularly lies, smears and distorts what others say and do, ultimately discrediting himself as a "truth teller."
Indeed, according to Skorski, while Franken has called many people – from Rush Limbaugh and Brit Hume to President Bush – a "liar," "hypocrite," "cheater," "lazy," "shameless" and/or "dishonest," "... Pants on Fire" amply illustrates not only that many of his claims are false but that Franken employs the very tactics he accuses the right of using.
About the Author
Alan Skorski is a political media consultant for a political Internet marketing firm in Washington, D.C. A frequent contributor to the Jewish Press and a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, he lives in West Hempstead, N.Y.
•Hardcover: 332 pages
•Publisher: WND Books (October 24, 2005)
•Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
Ratings & Reviews
by L. Morris, NY
This book shows the lying nature of Al Franken and is well researched. Skorski has provided a lot of material to expose the extend of untruthfulness that Franken will go to, to destroy anyone that doesn’t follow his extreme liberal views. Read this book if you are unsure about Franken and recent accusations of sexual misconduct. Franken should have stayed on Saturday Night Live as a comedian because it is hard to take him seriously as a Senator. He uses humor to disguise lies and then says it was a joke. This book is well written with much in depth research and facts to support the author’s view. Would recommend reading.