Saturday, February 11, 2006

Franken denies anybody refutes his "Truth"

In a recent interview with left-leaning web-blog Alternet Franken denied that anybody has refuted his smears and charges from his "Lying Liar" book.

LB: Your last book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," got a lot of press from both right- and left-wing pundits. Have you gotten any particularly ridiculous attacks on this book, any crazy press?

AF: No one ever actually challenges an actual, real fact. They just make these general broadsides about my book: "Oh, The Truth … it really should be called Lies. Oh, I guess that was the other book. I don't really know what to say …

Of course, this is a bald faced lie and Al Franken knows it, because he's acknowleged Pants on Fire when he was a guest on Alan Colmes radio show and in the next series of questions he refers to me as "some guy" who was on O'Reilly..., when Franken, again, knows that I was there in the capacity of "Franken expert" based on my book.

I will be appearing on C-Span's BookTV On Sunday February 12 at 10AM and 7PM est. time for everybody, including Al Franken, to see and listen to the many assertions made by Franken, debunked.

18 Comments:

At 7:58 AM, Blogger rhoytink said...

I watched you tv spont today. Interesting. In the past few years I've become aware of the al franken phenomena.

I used to see him in the saturday nightlife shows when I was a teen and didn't particularly understand his odd demeanor.

Now as an adult and from hearing from you I can understand why it is so important to keep this monkey on the leash. He's dangerous and should not be allowed on the political scene.

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger josh narins said...

Just saw your show on C-SPAN.

I would like to make two points.

You apparently can't read the BLS page which proves Al Franken's claim about the percentage of minimum wage workers over 20.

The relevant numbers are as follows:

Total number of 16-19 year olds earning 5.15 an hour or less: (2nd column, 3rd row) 497,000

Total number of 20-24 year olds earning 5.15 an hour or less: (next row) 523,000

Total number of 25 and older earning 5.15 an hour or less: (next row) 982,000

The table is quite clear that the total number of workers earning minimum wage (and being paid hourly rates) is 2,000,000.

(20-24) + (25+) = (20+)
523,000 + 982,000 = 1,505,000

Therefore, three quarters of all hourly workers earning at or below $5.15 an hour are over 20.

Almost half are over 25.

Table 10 on the same page, without a doubt, shows that in 2004 (the year of table 7) 62.5% of all American workers earned hourly, and not salaried, wages.

The only missing data points are the numbers of salaried workers, over 20 and not, who are earning salaries whose wages amount to less than minimum wage.

In fact, Al Franken is right, and you may have spent a half hour on the phone with the Bureau of Labor Statistics Director (which I consider a major waste of American tax dollars) but that doesn't change the tables, linked above.

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger dah said...

Just saw your C-Span presentation. Most interesting.

Didn't know about your book, so I have not read it. But two reactions to your comments: 1) Did Al Franken really set the impossible standard for himself as always being both truthful and correct; and 2) Are you sure he was serious when he said Googling an issue is fact confirmation. After all, while an Internet search engine is useful for quick and dirty research, it can be a little like comments overheard in the park.

Also, you defend Franken's attacks on Rush by saying Rush intended that as parody, not fact. Do you think maybe Franken intends some of what he does as parody (like the example you gave of machine guns in the background -- which arguably is just making the point that mission was not accomplished, or an arguing that the assignment is impossible).

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Mark Anders said...

Alan, just watched your C-SPAN appearance about your book and wanted to thank you for exposing the utter shallowness of Al Franken. What a joke! He gives the term sophomoric a whole new meaning. I hope you will stay on top of his BS claims in your blog.

Wishing you all the best in book sales,
Mark Anders
Salisbury, NC

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger Mark Anders said...

Alan, just watched your C-SPAN appearance about your book and wanted to thank you for exposing the utter shallowness of Al Franken. What a joke! He gives the term sophomoric a whole new meaning. I hope you will stay on top of his BS claims in your blog.

Wishing you all the best in book sales,
Mark Anders
Salisbury, NC

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger Nicholas Anonymous said...

Alan Skorski,
Just caught your C-Span introduction to Pants on Fire - a response to Al Franken.
Alan, it’s a joke! Al Franken is a comedian! He is funny and we laugh when we hear the truth. That’s how comedy works. Al knows that telling the truth all the time is impossible. That’s a joke, Alan! Nothing makes a joke un-funnier than having to explain it. When you’re having a drink with your high-school buddies and telling jokes what makes you laugh? Honestly.
Yet Al Franken does speak the truth. The truth to power. The unspeakable truth about our corrupt, sanctimonious, power and greed driven administration. We can laugh or we can cry. Sometimes we need to laugh. I don’t really see what you add to the joke by trifling along with either side.
You have a great title there (real mature) but the book sounds about as much fun as doing my taxes. Lighten up dude! By the way, you didn’t look fat at all on TV this time so don’t worry. Don’t make me call you an idiot though. I want to tell all of you that name-calling is not nice. It’s the behavior, not the person we should condemn. Stuart Smalley taught me that.
Nicholas Hoag
no_opinion@e-ztown.com

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger tw9ff said...

I love how

 
At 4:46 PM, Blogger peakaboo said...

I just have to say thank you!

It is quite clear your book has been an complete waste of time and money. Complete, repeated and misleading lies and statements about you, and the subjects of your book for the purpose gaining profit are infact illegal. Furthermore, as no one person, publishes, fact checks, and prepares a media campaign/blitz on multiple mainstream media outlets without editors, managers, and funders; your supporters and their roles come into question into acts of Liable, Slader. Consumer Fraud/Deciet, (all of which are "Gateway Crimes" which are often linked to Theft, Financial Fraud, Tax Fraud, and other High Crimes.

You should be advised to take necessary steps to correct this as well as inform your supporters and collaboraters of there possible implication. Be advised, any and all damages that are attributable to your(or collaborators) actions and initiatives will be pursued along with criminal charges.

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger Sailor Kenshin said...

Ooo! I just saw your Book-TV appearance. Sugoi! Enjoyed it a great deal.

Wish I'd known about it in advance.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Just caught you on C-SPAN2, good luck with the book! I really like that you write about the facts and various people's distortions of the facts to form their own "truth". I'm not interested in the "truth, I'm interested in the facts as they exist, not someone's naturally biased interpretations of those facts.

You made a very good point about how if you say "here's my source, go look it up" that people will shy away and just trust that. It's time more news outlets got back to asking questions for the American people instead of just telling them what to think.

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger peakaboo said...

Thank your for your tireless work in helping uncover fraud, deciet, corruption, criminality, and attempts to gain profit the illicit and prohibitied means.

Your book and repeated commantary clearly shows your intent to violate ethics, morals, civil, and criminal laws. Furthermore, becuase no person writes, publishes, and promotes a book on their own(or in the dark); those that edit, manage, and fund your activities are become suspect and worthy of thorough investigation as well.

Please remember: Liebel, Slander, and Fraud are "Gateway Crimes" that are directly linked to Theft, Bribary, Financial Fraud, Tax Fraud, High Crimes, and other Felonies and High Crimes.

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger peakaboo said...

Thank your for your tireless work in helping uncover fraud, deciet, corruption, criminality, and attempts to gain profit the illicit and prohibitied means.

Your book and repeated commantary clearly shows your intent to violate ethics, morals, civil, and criminal laws. Furthermore, becuase no person writes, publishes, and promotes a book on their own(or in the dark); those that edit, manage, and fund your activities are become suspect and worthy of thorough investigation as well.

Please remember: Liebel, Slander, and Fraud are "Gateway Crimes" that are directly linked to Theft, Bribary, Financial Fraud, Tax Fraud, High Crimes, and other Felonies and High Crimes.

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger JAB said...

Just saw the show by accident, was flipping through during a "Rambo" commercial. Looking forward to reading the book.

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Jimmie said...

Mr. Skorski,

I saw your recent talk tonight on C-SPAN and wanted to thank you for giving it and for writing this book. I've long thought Al Franken one of the key "useful idiots" of our enemies and an entertainer without the ability to entertain. I don't hate the man, but I do pity him an awful lot.

I plan on buying your book in the very near future and look forward ot reading it.

Thank you and keep up the good work!

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Scoobie said...

Hey Skorski,

Today I've been getting a bunch of hits based on your name on my sitemeter stats (my blog is # 7 on a Google search of "alan skorski") and I've receivwed 42 hits in the last hour. Why are so many people Googling your name? Just curious.

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger Scoobie said...

Why are so many people Googling your name today (my site is # 7 for a Google search of Alan Skorski). I've received 42 hits for Google search of Alan Skorski in the past hour. What is going on? Just curious.

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger bukeye1 said...

Appreciated your talk on C-Span tonight. Good luck on exposing the farce called ''Franken''.

 
At 4:14 AM, Blogger poewshat said...

Its a shame that people care so much about what al franken, rush limbaugh or bill o'rielly have to say. Some people even waist thier lives writng a book about it.
Al, stop waisting your life, we don't live forever.

 

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