Why the right is wrong: Franken exposes conservative bias in media
In the game of partisan politicking,
Al Franken just hit a home run. Even if you don't agree with Franken's admittedly left-wing perspective, you do have to admit
his newest book is a success.
"Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and
Balanced Look at the Right" debuted a few weeks ago at No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list.
Why? Beyond Franken's well-researched and biting criticism of conservatives
and his poignant, laugh-out-loud satire, there's the Fox News Channel. In a delicious irony, the trademark infringement case
brought by the conservative network (for using the term "fair and balanced" in the book's subtitle) failed in court, turned
into a public relations train wreck for Fox and helped catapult sales of Franken's book.
However, the fact the book is selling is not why you should read it. You
should read it because Franken and his team of researchers (14 Harvard grad students known as TeamFranken) systematically
expose the efforts of the right-wing media to shuffle their lies into the mainstream. ...
Karen Erstad is an editor and writer who lives in Madison.
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