Fair and Balanced, My Ass!: An Unbridled Look at the Bizarre Reality of Fox News

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  1. 31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, but not as funny as their first book., June 22, 2007
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    Jose Jones
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    Apparently my first review didn’t make it through the filter (not really sure why, but it seems more common nowadays).

    I’ll keep it brief this time: This book is often hilarious, but everyone knows how Fox works, and no one of reasonable intelligence or honesty believes they are unbiased. So this book is more or less shooting fish in a barrel. The much more dangerous conservative propaganda comes from the so-called “left-wing media,” where it is taken seriously (the book “F.U.B.A.R.” laid this all out beautifully).

    This book is best when going after the individual quirks of the personalities on Fox News. It also shows that, under the buffoonery and red-white-and-blue obviousness, Fox can be insidious about its agenda, too: as in its homophobic reaction to the movie “Brokeback Mountain.”

    In “SJIHBO,” the authors had Bill’s stunning ego to play off of. They don’t have that here, and there’s nothing exactly groundbreaking to be found.

    But the writers are talented and the book is at times riotously funny. By exposing the absurdity that is Fox News, the authors slightly relieve the sting of our current realities.

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  2. Timothy P. Scanlon
    69 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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    The funniest book I’ve ever read on a serious subject!, May 5, 2007
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    Timothy P. Scanlon (Hyattsville, MDUSA) –
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    Legitimate criticism has been expressed toward the American media for years. Spiro Agnew–remember him?–made a deal out of what he alleged were “liberal biases” of the media and the “right wing” has run with that ever since (even though Agnew long since laughed that his earlier accusations were made up!)

    Since Rupert Murdoch purchased half the media in this country, they’ve began to resemble Tass or Pravda, extremely ideological channels spewing what turns out to be bad propaganda. That I think is a major threat to what purports to be a democracy. Anyway, the worst example of this phenomenon is the network which is the subject of this hilarious text.

    One of the leading cable “news” networks, according to a poll or two, is Fox (or Faux) News. One of Fox’s lead spokescreatures, bill o’lielly, was the subject of the first book by the authors of this gem, that one called “Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O’Rielly.” That text really broke me up so I couldn’t wait for another expose of what claims to be “news.” They didn’t let me down.

    After an overall comment of the network, the authors first dug into their old nemesis o’lielly. Then they break into others, including one of the poorest excuses for anything in history, Sean Hannity. Their description of John Gibson, roughly when God asked if he wanted skin pigment, Gibson thought He meant a brain and said, “I don’t need any.”

    I’m afraid to give too much away, but they also cover the “B team,” including the illiterate Bo Dietl whose language wouldn’t have passed a “Mickey Mouse Club” screen test. Then there’s our old friend Ann Coulter.

    The book is loaded with direct quotes. So the authors aren’t, unfortunately, making anything up (except for a few places where they admit doing so. And that’s something Fox News seldom if ever admits, though they do it so frequently.)

    Robert Greenwald did a fine film entitled “Outfoxed,” available from […], which I’ve recommended to many. He and Alexandria Kitty released a fine book of the same title, a great supplement to the film. But those were pretty serious compared to the witty comments and observations of Amman and Breuer.

    Oh, the issues of sexuality–hetero and homo–covered in the book stimulate many a thought and loads of chuckles. (It’s always funny on how those who claim to be such prudes are often the most sexually obsessed among us. I won’t say more, but that may encourage you to read the book.)

    Yeah, this does have a little of “preaching to the choir” about it. The language, while funny, would be particularly offensive–or would be an excuse of those who defend the Faux network to dislike the book. And the authors’ metaphors are the best and funniest.

    It’s true, it is a “laugh out loud” book, even on a Washington DC Metro train where I may have been surrounded by Fox junkies!

    Get it, read it, and learn what Faux is really about. I’m proud to be a native of the same state in which the books authors reside!

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  3. Jenny L. Erdmann
    55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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    Didn’t want to set it down….., May 1, 2007
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    I read this book at a furious pace. It is laugh-out-loud funny, and laughing out loud while reading is not something I typically do. But what I enjoyed most was the clever and logical arguments that the authors used to systematically take down the notion of the “fair and balanced” network. Some of the language is certainly crude, but for anyone not offended by such humor, I highly recommend this very smart book.

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