3 out of 4 stars
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Wikipedia defines "fake news" as "a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media". Now, that may be the "official" definition, but let's get real for a moment. In this day and age, the term is used to describe any news that the current Commander-in-Chief believes sheds him in a negative light or that he just doesn't like, whether it's actually "true" or not. Author John Bernard Ruane takes the current usage and runs with it in his entertaining tome, The Real News! The Never-Before-Told Stories of Donald Trump & Fake News!
This satirical collection gives us "the REAL news" that we've never heard before, and it's a funny ride. While the stories therein are obviously not quite true, they do have just enough realism in them to be almost correct. In fact, I almost forgot that they were made-up a few times, but the description of Paris Hilton as an "actress" quickly reminded me. There were also some stories that I wished were factual. Nearly all of the tales show President Trump in a less than favorable light, but they do show the POTUS as he is; that is, his mannerisms and speech patterns are true to form. The yarns are also populated by famous media personalities, all of whom are portrayed as they really are, though exaggeratedly so in some instances.
Out of the fifteen tales included, my favorites were The Most Shocking Political Achievement in American History, Trump Delivers on Bold “Fifth Avenue” Campaign Statement, and Hardball Grabs Congress by the Lug-Nuts. The first story details a study done on hardcore Trump supporters to find out why they approve of anything he does. The test subjects' physical tests include walking and chewing gum at the same time and trying to tell the difference between their butts (another word was actually used in the tale) and a hole in the ground. I was shaking with laughter by the end of that one. The second yarn I mentioned is about the day that Donald Trump actually shot somebody on Fifth Avenue just to see if his supporters would still stand by him. The third of my favorite tales sees the host of the national cable news program, Hardball, Chris Matthews, verbally take on the lug-nuts industry during his first session in Congress. I have to admit that I was cheering by the end of the tale. The last several stories in the tome veered away from President Trump and instead focused on other "titans of the news media" like John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Matt Lauer. Of these yarns, my favorite was Why David Letterman Went to Netflix. The story finds the night-time talk show host becoming fed up with his job on The Late Show with David Letterman thanks to an insufferable guest.
All of these yarns were told in a factual tone with exaggerated descriptions of the protagonists. Famed investigative journalist, Richard Koogen, for instance, was described as "a handsome, middle-aged, veteran reporter, who maintained a slim hip look with a full head of greying black hair combed neatly to the side". Upon his introduction, he proceeded to speak "in his famously low, gravelly voice, reminiscent of a jazz DJ working a smoke-filled room of Jack drinkers in one of the swanky Manhattan Clubs; a place Koogen would feel right at home". I looked forward to meeting each person, just to see how Mr. Ruane would describe them. While reading, I had the feeling that the author enjoyed himself while writing these tales, and I could almost see him sitting as his desk with his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek.
Unfortunately, this compilation is full of grammatical errors, including punctuation missteps, missing words, incorrect word usage, and issues with hyphenation. Due to these typographical mistakes, I am forced to give The Real News! 3 out of 4 stars.
When I selected this book, the author requested a reviewer who is Independent, but I think that Democrats or anti-Trump citizens will like it more than Independents or Republicans. I therefore recommend this book for readers who fit those political leanings, though Republicans or Trump supporters who don't mind laughing at the President and themselves may enjoy it as well. Readers who like political satire may also want to give this one a look. Lastly-
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