Pants on Fire: How Al Franken Lies, Smears and Deceives

Stuart Smalley isn’t good enough, bright enough, and no people don’t like him, apparently.
Alan Skorski discusses expose on ‘truth teller’ Al Franken In his new book, Skorski turns the tables on Franken, a self-described “truth teller,” setting out to prove not only are conservatives and Republicans not the demons the Air America host characterizes them to be, but that it is Franken himself who is “shamelessly deceptive and using the very tactics he accuses his targets of employing.”
For other info MIchelle Malkin has a thorough piece “Inside Air America: Al Franken’s Lying Lies Part of an ongoing investigative blog series” by Brian Maloney and Michelle Malkin
Sept. 7, 2005 (Part II of this installment is at The Radio Equalizer)
On July 27, our blogs first reported on a shady loan scheme between Air America Radio and the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club (which is now under investigation by both NYC’s Department of Investigation and NYS Attorney General Eliot Spitzer). National mainstream media outlets have failed to give the deal–and Air America’s continued money-flow crisis–the scrutiny they deserve.
Air America has yet to formally offer to pay back the loan in full, and knowledgeable sources tell us the liberal radio network is contemplating how to stem the lingering bad publicity. Anticipating further negative press, the company is apparently poised to “settle” the matter very soon.
Along with the network’s current management and shell-game-playing owners, Al Franken has gotten a pass, even from some conservative commentators who have claimed that it’s unfair to blame the liberal radio network’s financial and legal entanglements on its on-air talent.
Those claims are wrong.

Al Franken says 20,000 poor kids and old people weren’t the only victims of an exec who allegedly arranged a Bronx charity’s mega-buck “loan” to Air America.
“About three weeks into the life of Air America, I became an involuntary investor — I stopped being paid,” Franken told listeners yesterday on WLIB (1190 AM).
It was the first time the all-liberal network’s biggest star addressed at length a controversial $875,000 loan from the disgraced — and now de-funded — Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club…


Let’s flash back to what Al Franken claimed he knew and didn’t know about the dubious loan deal in his August 8, 2005, Air America radio monologue:

FRANKEN: Anyway, so here’s the deal. So the first guy who was the chairman of the board of of Air America, a guy named Evan Cohen, was a crook, it turns out. I guess that’s the only way to put it (laughter) and, but, he got a job…. (interruption)

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Al Franken was a “nobody” in the arena of political punditry before he wrote two best-selling books, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Now one of the most prominent figures on the liberal Air America radio network, formed to counter the mostly conservative voice of mainstream talk radio, he consistently boasts “I tell the truth” and “I hold myself to an impossibly high standard when it comes to telling the truth.”
Until now, says Alan Skorski, 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, 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.
Alan 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 e-mails with Franken in order to provide readers with an accurate insight into how Franken thinks and operates. What Skorski finds 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, New York.

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