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The Know-Spin Zone

Author – ”Saturday Night Live” veteran and liberal humorist targeted by Fox News for invoking its slogan in his subtitle. Style – Jokily debunks ”right-wing lies.” (His researchers report. He derides.) Goal – To force ”O’Reilly and company…to resort to Plan B: name-calling. Which, I think, will expose them for what they are. Stupid bastards.” Times Franken quotes O’Reilly – 27 Franken on O’Reilly – In the chapter ”Bill O’Reilly: Lying, Splotchy Bully,” he writes: ”I think Bill O’Reilly unquestionably has talent. And not just a talent for lying.”

Author – The Fox News talking head and bellowing populist who sniped at Franken at a May publishing convention while promoting this book. Style – Intersperses self-help (”The ‘looking out for yourself’ philosophy makes you a more effective person, better able to help others and contribute to this world”) with rehashes of skirmishes on the cable-news battlefield. Goal – To give readers an ”edge in both the workplace and at home.” Times O’Reilly quotes himself – 13 O’Reilly on Franken – No mentions, but he cites lyrics from onetime SNL musical guests Hall and Oates.

Originally posted September 5 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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