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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Frankens and the Frankening Frankeners Who Franken

Al Franken gets a little paddling.

In his book, Mr. Skorski exposes not only the lies in Mr. Franken's books but his continual character assassinations in his Air America Radio broadcasts, which Mr. Skorski has monitored and recorded. He also communicated with Mr. Franken in 30 emails and documents his responses to Mr. Skorski's challenges.

I had expected during the interview that Mr. Skorski would weigh in on the Air America scandal involving $875,000 in loans from the Bronx based, taxpayer-funded Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club to the liberal radio network and its former chairman. But Mr. Skorski said he doubts Mr. Franken was involved in any scheme. Yet Mr. Franken did lie in saying he did not know anything about Air America's debt to the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club. Mr. Franken's signature is on notarized documents of Air America's liabilities, which listed the club's donation. According to Mr. Skorski, Mr. Franken airily dismissed the entire matter as trivial on his Air America broadcast.

Mr. Skorski insists that his quarrel with Mr. Franken has nothing to do with ideology. He's eager to discuss politics with anyone who disagrees with his own conservative positions. "Franken, however, attacks those who disagree with him on a very personal level. He twists what they say and then says to his audience, 'I never lie. You can trust me.'" Mr. Skorski wrote his book because no one in the mainstream press, liberal or conservative, takes Mr. Franken to task for these distortions. Mr. Skorski provides an exhaustive account of how Mr. Franken indicts conservative pundits for picayune mistakes while he commits himself the larger distortions he accuses them of.
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