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The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error : Over 100 Outrageously False and Foolish Statements from America's Most Powerful Radio and TV

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He's America's mouth that roars: Rush Limbaugh. . . outrageous, outspoken, and some say out-to-lunch. When Limbaugh claims "I'm not making this stuff up, folks," plug in the lie detector. He is making it up, and FAIR can prove it. In The Way Things Aren't, the media watch group FAIR catches more than one hundred of Rush's wildest whoppers. From ozone to abortion, Rodney King to Reaganomics, Limbaugh has a finely honed ability to distort reality, yet his facts often go unchallenged. Some of these "truths" would be laughable if not for the millions of people who believe them.

To take a close look at Rush Hudson Limbaugh and his twenty million fans is to have one's hope in America's future restored. -- Dan Quayle Recently, the media watch organization FAIR had a novel idea for a stinging response to Rush Limbaugh's reign of error: the truth. The Way Things Aren't documents and corrects over 100 whoppers like these told by The Lyin' King, pitting Limbaugh versus Reality in areas ranging from American history to the environment, health care to rock and roll. It also has features such as "Limbaugh versus Limbaugh" with examples of Limbaugh contradicting himself, cartoons by Garry Trudeau and Tom Tomorrow, seven things you can do about Rush Limbaugh, a postcard to mail to the talkshow host about his Limbecile statements, and a foreword to Limbaughland by Molly Ivins that is as scary as it is funny. If you know a dittohead who needs deprogramming or if you want to see for yourself how far out on a Limbaugh Rush really is, pick up a copy of The Way Things Aren't - it's cheaper than The Way Things Ought to Be, and it's been fact checked. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • By Edwin C. Pauzer on May 22, 2007

    The book tells us what many of its readers already know. Rush Limbaugh appeals to our lower instincts where impulses run rampant, and the emotion of anger is the easiest to trigger and feed.In what is almost a comic book format and coloring, the content is surprisingly serious about Mr. Limbaugh's deceit, racism, disingenuousness, fabrications and lies. Here's an example from the radio airing on March 10, 1994:Limbaugh: "I am not calling the president names."Caller: "You do it every day."Limbaugh: "Give me one example of calling him a name..."Caller: "You've called him a liar, a fool, and idiot."Limbaugh: "Those are not names. Those are assessments of his character. They are not names."(?)I was most interested in Rush's background, which revealed his hypocrisy. Limbaugh the ueberpatriot claimed that Reagan was the best president this country ever had, but he never voted for him. In fact, he didn't vote until he was thirty-five.The second was his lack of military service. Rush claimed to have failed a draft physical and thus was never called because he had a high draft number. Actually, he had a low one, was called, and then "failed" the physical. At different times claiming a knee injury from high school football, and then a pilonidal cyst, which caused him to fail. His father had the same cyst when he was a World War II fighter pilot.The man who rails against divorce is now working on his third marriage, and the printing of this book was before Limbaugh's drug addiction.This book also includes Limbaugh's pronouncements and then the reality check. An example of this is Limbaugh's claim that melting glacial ice is the same as ice melting in a glass. The level doesn't change. And here is where RL is flat out wrong. Most of our glacial ice is over land. Water level would rise 200 feet worldwide if it melted.This means Limbaugh needs to be taken with a large dose of salt, but this is where the book unwittingly falters. Those who see Limbaugh as a charlatan, don't require further convincing. Those who worship at the altar of his Cuban cigars and grotesque line of ties, will discount the contents of this book without reading it.At least now, I have identified the source for a number of neocon arguments.This is the kind of book you read during the commute.

  • By Guest on March 25, 2009

    Once upon a time I thought Rush was an idiot, but then I listened to his show and later read HIS books. He actually knows what he is talking about. Read his book with an open mind instead of this trash.

  • By Screwbox on January 23, 2016

    Good read - really makes one realize just how much propaganda and lies the GOP project.

  • By Phil Silverman on November 22, 2007

    As much as I am amazed at the subject's ability to expound at length, and in a very entertaining and thought-provoking way, I'm amazed that after all the nonsense he still is reported to be Number One in his field. The good-natured "gotchas" throughout this book remind us that behind that media monolith is an uncontrollable urge to shoot his mouth off and while doing so delude himself and an incredible amount of "dittoheads".So often, as this book points out, he is not even close, discussing Plymouth Rock, the beginnings of the Health Care system, global warming, etc.What makes this phenomenon a serious issue is the obvious well fortified platform he has stepped up to as a first class Demagogue. High ratings and a sharp "Screener" can't hurt, when you're playing a composite of Ol' King Cole and William F. Buckley (RL wishes he could wash his socks), and interminably ventilating on the Clintons.The dittoheads are entitled to turn off their brains while listening to Limbaugh - I did hear such an exhortation from Limbaugh way back when and it didn't sound completely in jest - but I would challenge them to challenge their man to refrain from insulting family members of his political targets, such as Kitty Dukakis and Chelsea Clinton.Maybe this book, and others, will, through humour, will entice those "heads" into becoming their own "screeners" for objectivity about Rush, buy this book, and ask themselves, does "ditto" mean, yeah, I love him like the rest, or "ditto", whatever he says is fact.

  • By Wolfram Bosch on August 30, 2003

    I read this book after reading the online reviews, and have come to the conclusion that some dismissive reviewers have not read the book but instead relied on the word of others (one can only guess whom...). Rather than "provably false" and "just plain made up," the points made in this work meticulously cite sources, which are easily found for verification, including the actual Bible which Limbaugh at one point distorts to "prove" that taxes are anti-religion (the gist of the Biblical account is that Joseph *recommended* taxes during times of plenty to insure against inevitable lean years).Moreover, there is simply no reason to include falsehoods in a book like this, when every Limbaugh episode is a treasure trove of distorted and invented facts, proving the lie to Limbaugh's meta-lie, "We don't make this stuff up, folks."The extent to which disinformation passes as news and ultimately affects policy should have every rational person, whatever his political leaning, running for antidotes such as this one. If you listen to Limbaugh, you *must* read this book, so you know that, as fun as it is, it is the Weekly World News of political discourse. Conservatives should in fact be even more vigilant to disparage this sort nonsense, because it could ultimately undermine the right's credibility in the same way that extreme leftist buffoonery such the mid 20th century distortion of Stalin's horrible record has undermined the left.

  • By Mr Majestik on August 26, 2003

    This is a fantastic book. Others more knowledgeable than me have gone over all of FAIR's responses and they were shown to be based on truth, and all the quotes cited were verified. An excellent book, which with out a doubt debunks the man, called Rush and his illogical ideas. A man, I might add, who claims to be a patriot? But that can only be stated if you define patriot as one who refused to be conscripted in the US military.


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