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Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot Paperback – 31 Dec 1998


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Worn edition (31 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440508649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440508649
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,727,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Al Franken is the bestselling author of Lies (and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) and Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and the Unmaking of the Franken Presidency. He is also an Emmy award-winning contributor to and star of NBC's Staurday Night Live. He lives with his family in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 May 2004
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Al Franken jokes that he first thought of this book's title and then panicked when he realized he would actually have to listen to Rush Limbaugh. That's the kind of hilarious pathos that Franken passes on from his days at "Saturday Night Live". He never lets up with the Rush Limbaugh fat jokes and just when they an seem to be on the edge of 'just plain mean', he blasts out another semi-truth that's even funnier. Limbaugh is only one of many conservatives that get analyzed, chewed and spit out. No one escapes the humorous wrath of Al Franken, especially regarding hypocrisy in issues like war, marital fidelity and religion. Just take a look at the chapter selection to see who's lined up for public ridicule. Jeane Kirkpatrick's New York Times book review is at the beginning of the book with a riotous response from Franken that sends the highly respected reviewer into a frenzied, screaming, man-eating maniac! Also, the entire Index is a faux - relating every word to Rush Limbaugh and his extraneous girth. How Franken gets away with his highly amusing (and rightfully deserved) conservative Republican bashing is confounding. There is still hope for a dreadfully depressed and ungainly uptight America!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 1999
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Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has had a radio program marked by recklessness, viciousness, and unintended hilarity (He once said that styrofoam was biodegradable). Until the mid-1990's, he received a free pass from the same media he excoriates as biased against the Right (Ted Koppel once said that Limbaugh does his homework; Edward R. Murrow, we need you). It took a media research group--Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting(FAIR)--and comedy writer Al Franken to do the media's job. Franken effectively nukes his target. He exposes Limbaugh as a war wimp (Rush thought the Vietnam War was great, just as long as guys from Harlem and East LA did the fighting), a former welfare queen (the same guy who calls poor people "piglets" is the same guy who was able-bodied and collected unemployment), and an overall empty suit.
For those of us who have followed Limbaugh, there's nothing particularly surprising here. But the way he scrutinizes Limbaugh is laugh-out-loud hilarious. With Franken around, there will be hard times for the hard Right.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 1999
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I am a moderate with a tendency to vote Republican, and consider myself a conservative Christian. However, the hypocrisy of those leading the party and the Christian Coalition continues to alienate me. This is the hypocrisy that Franken attacks so well, and many of the reviewers here either don't see this or just refuse to. Franken does not attack the conservative values; he illuminates the inconsistencies and lies of those who tend to profess them the loudest, as these are usually the same individuals who harshly criticize the moral failings of others. Furthermore, the destruction of Limbaugh's many "facts" was long overdue. I have yet to hear anyone here or in the conservative media refute Franken's data. Well done!!! The fat jokes were a bit too harsh, though.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 1999
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What a wonderful read - hilarious and smart. If you don't think that the ultraconservatives of this world deserve to be skewered, scroll down and read the one-star reviews. If you love Newt and Rush and the rest, you certainly won't enjoy this book (although Rush is in fact a flat-out liar; I'd like to hear what he has to say about, for example, Franken's economic charts - about Reaganomics - that directly attack Rush's calculations. But of course Rush is strangely silent - as Franken proves, he's only able to preach to the converted is is never up for a healthy debate.) I digress - if you're sick to death of the Morals Nazis, then this book is not only funny - it's like an emotional release. I felt so GOOD after reading this. Perhaps there is hope for the democratic party yet... (Another note: this is a satire - it's intelligent and funny - and I think that many non-Democrats might get a kick out of it. You don't have to agree with Franken, but do give him a shot if you'd like an interesting, smart read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Weasel powered cheese maker on 27 April 2004
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If you've read Al Franken's more recent "Lies and the lying liars that tell them..." you may find this book a touch dissapointing. It's a little less well structured and there is an over-reliance on the 'fat' element of the title for cheap laughs, while most of it's readers are probably more concerned with reading evidence of the 'idiot' side of things.
Anyway, I hear that Rush has lost weight now, there's even rumours that this book might have been the spur he needed to make him do it. One can only hope it might also spur him to increase the accuracy of his facts too.
No doubt about it though this is a funny book and it makes some serious points in a humorous manner.
I come from the UK and although I'm aware of Rush Limbaugh, who he is, what he does and the way he does it, I am well aware that the majority of my countrymen don't. Well let me say right now that this doesn't matter, you don't need to know Rush to enjoy this book. If you've ever wondered where those right wing folks who post their "liberals are evil, smoking doesn't cause cancer, the US doesn't pollute" rants on disscussion forums get their ready-mixed 'just add water' opinions from then there's a pretty good chance that old Rush is source. So why not save yourself a whole lot of hassle and read about them here with Franken's amusing commentary.
I read this one before "Lies...." and it makes a good intro to the later book, but if you only read one Franken book, then read "Lies..." it's a far more cohesive expose of the political dishonesty of US right-wing media pundits, and it's got less lard jokes too.
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