Friday, August 29, 2003
A real laugher: Yesterday's Washington Post had an article by Howard Kurtz on "comedian" Al Franken and his new book.
The article is interesting, and sure ensure that conservatives ignore Franken's book. Anecdotes about Franken ambushing Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot and Franken offering to fight National Review's Rich Lowry in a parking garage demonstrate that Franken's book isn't even marginally serious. [Rich, next time Franken calls and wants to fight you, send him my way. Ask Ramesh, he'll vouch for me, I can take him!]
As was noted earlier, Franken himself has a little problem telling the truth. Which is why the final quote in Kurtz's piece is so hilarious.
But in writing such a strident book, doesn't he risk being branded the sort of ideological warrior he spends so much energy attacking?
"First of all, I'm funny," Franken said. "It's done for comedic purpose. And I don't lie."
I guess it all depends on what the meaning of "lie" is...