This seriously ticked my fancy!

  1. Just read this on the New York Times opinion page.

    I maintain that the U.S. media has been decidedly turned politically conservative just by the way it covers (or does NOT cover) world events. Fox News Network is the band leader of the politically conservative news coverage. All the power to them, really. They've found a nitch and they're sticking to it like flies to. . . Bovine Feces. (I'm stealing this "bovine feces" term from a poster here. . . don't remember his or her name, of course. . . who made me not-so-quietly howl out loud when I first read it! )

    So here comes Al Franken. I liked his work from Saturday Night Live. But I never new he was an author. . . until now. Apparently he's written a book that's. . .well. . . making our "flies to feces" Fox agency a little upset. They're all "a-buzzzzzzzz". And they're taking Franken to court, no less. Apparently they don't like "fair and balanced" used in Franken's new book title. Never mind that the Fox News Networks has undermined the meaning of the term "fair and balanced" to the point of foul aroma. To the Fox News Networks, "fair and balanced" is anything that suits their point of view. . . with very little room for argument, much less thoughtful discussion. At any rate, our friendly comedian is writing about the Fox News Agency and using "their" term (cough, cough). . . as if they have freakin' ownership of the phrase "fair and balanced". Well. . . its a case worthy of Judge Judy. Unfortunately, this case is apparently going to a more serious court. Ahhh. . . The American legal system. It's got to make your smile if not cry. Will this case be worth the court's time? Who knows? It just seems. . . well. . . absurd and silly. And I like absurd and silly especially when it comes to this type of stuff!

    My second point (not that I really ever made a clear "first point") is that Franken stands to win from the free publicity from all of this! All I have to say is: "Go, Franken, Go!" I can see how his publisher is having heart flutter right about now. Free advertisement! It's just wildly wonderful!!!
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    Windfall Publicity for Al Franken's Book


    So, the satirist Al Franken writes a book making fun of the Fox News Network, mocking Bill O'Reilly and the gang, and its response is to sue him? The publisher of Mr. Franken's new book-"Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right"-must be having heart flutters. You can't buy this kind of publicity.

    This strange lawsuit has all the feel of an O'Reilly shouting match shoved onto an unlikely new stage: the Supreme Court of New York State. For Fox, the issue is-among other things-Mr. Franken's use of the words "fair and balanced" in its subtitle. The network's lawyers are arguing that those words belong to Fox as part of its trademark. (Journalism schools need to take note here.)

    Mr. Franken and Mr. O'Reilly have had one or two public set-tos already, and Fox's complaint sounds like a collection of things Mr. O'Reilly wishes he'd remembered to say at their last encounter. It calls Mr. Franken "deranged," a "parasite," "sophomoric" and lacking "any serious depth or insight."

    In a word, Fox apparently does not think that Mr. Franken is amusing, prompting the comedian to threaten to trademark the word "funny" for a possible countersuit.

    For years now, liberals have wrung their hands over the fact that the right wing had a monopoly on acerbic, unfair and entertaining political commentators. Mr. Franken is clearly attempting to fill the gap, and for some reason the Fox people appear to be doing everything they can to help pave his way.

    Their legal case, however, seems far too frivolous for the real courts. What about Judge Judy?
    Last edit by Ted on Aug 13, '03
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  2. 40 Comments

  3. by   Brownms46
    :roll But that is just tooo funny!
  4. by   Mkue
    Fox News Network is the band leader of the politically conservative news coverage.
    Fair and Balanced!:kiss
  5. by   WashYaHands
    Here's another less liberal perspective of that story.

    NewsMax.com
    Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003

    Fox News Channel filed suit Monday in Manhattan to keep humorist Al Franken from including the phrase "fair and balanced," in the title of his latest book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," due for general release on Sept. 22, 2003. Fox News registered "Fair & Balanced" as a trademark in 1995, according to an Associated Press report.
    The trademark infringement lawsuit against Franken and publisher Penguin Group seeks to force a Penguin subsidiary, Dutton books, to rename the book.

    Language in the suit claims Franken's "intent is clear-to exploit Fox News' trademark, confuse the public as to the origins of the book and, accordingly, boost sales of the book."

    Dutton spokeswoman Lisa Johnson charged Fox News' parent company, News Corp., with attempting to suppress the book. "The attempt to keep the public from reading Franken's message is un-American," she said.

    Meanwhile, the Publisher has continued to march with its promotion:


    "Al Franken, 'one of our savviest satirists' (People), takes on the issues, the politicians, and the pundits in one of the most anticipated books of the year.


    "For the first time since his own classic 'Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations,' Al Franken trains his subversive wit directly on the contemporary political scene. Now, the 'master of political humor' (Washington Times) destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, and exposes how the Right shamelessly tries to deceive the rest of us.

    "No one is spared as Al uses the Right's own words against them. Not the Bush administration and their rhetorical hypocrisy. Not Ann Coulter and her specious screeds. Not the new generation of talk-radio hosts, and not Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and the entire Fox network.

    "This is the book Al Franken fans have been waiting for (and his foes have been dreading). Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always funny, Lies is sure to become the most talked about book of political humor in 2003 and beyond."


    Still, despite the pro-Franken hype, the failed comic's apparent vendetta against Fox News could give the network's attorneys more than a little ammunition.

    Two months ago, for instance, Newsweek's Howard Fineman noticed that Franken seemed to be acting as Bill and Hillary Clinton's hitman against Fox stars like Bill O'Reilly.

    "O'Reilly's a big, big factor in politics today," Fineman told radio host Don Imus. "And there's a lot of feeling among Democrats - and Al [Franken] is a dyed-in-the-wool-Democrat, you know, a big friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton - that the party people aren't really taking it to the Republicans.

    "And that's what Al's going to do," the Newsweek scribe added.

    The assessment followed Franken's outburst at June's Book Expo America in Los Angeles. With O'Reilly on hand for what was supposed to be a polite panel discussion, Franken took the opportunity to brand him a liar as the stunned Fox star looked on.

    The episode followed by just weeks another anti-Fox tantrum by Franken; this one thrown at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Witnesses say Franken stormed up to a table occupied by Fox TV talker Alan Colmes and loudly harangued him for not beating up enough on conservatives.

    For his part, Colmes' co-host Sean Hannity tells of an episode one night years ago when Franken was a guest on the show. After the broadcast ended, the unfunny funnyman continued his tirade, following Hannity all the way back to his office.

    Hannity said he had to call security to have Franken escorted from the building.
  6. by   Brownms46
    No one is spared as Al uses the Right's own words against them. Not the Bush administration and their rhetorical hypocrisy. Not Ann Coulter and her specious screeds. Not the new generation of talk-radio hosts, and not Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and the entire Fox network.
    :roll Cracking me up!!! :chuckle
  7. by   WashYaHands
    The episode followed by just weeks another anti-Fox tantrum by Franken; this one thrown at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Witnesses say Franken stormed up to a table occupied by Fox TV talker Alan Colmes and loudly harangued him for not beating up enough on conservatives.
    For his part, Colmes' co-host Sean Hannity tells of an episode one night years ago when Franken was a guest on the show. After the broadcast ended, the unfunny funnyman continued his tirade, following Hannity all the way back to his office.
    Hannity said he had to call security to have Franken escorted from the building.
    Yep, this cracks me up too. Typical Liberal Left-wing Lunatic Wacko bahavior. :chuckle :roll
  8. by   Brownms46
    Wacko because he followed him to his office??? Wacko, lunatic...leftist??? Typical??? Really??? :roll

    "This is the book Al Franken fans have been waiting for (and his foes have been dreading). Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always funny, Lies is sure to become the most talked about book of political humor in 2003 and beyond."
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Hey Ted......you might want to sample Al Franken's work "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot", which was published sometime back in the mid-'90s, I think. You'll love it!
  10. by   Mkue
    Yep, this cracks me up too. Typical Liberal Left-wing Lunatic Wacko bahavior.
    OMG, that is funny Linda !
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Ted, it is funny. In your post, all you have to do is replace the words "Republicans" and "Conservatives" with "Democrats" and "Liberals" and I would agree.

    It all depends on your perspective. I have truly felt ignored by the media for years. Their perspective has been decidedly to the left and it was refreshing to hear my point of view expressed finally on talk radio and on Fox.

    It just depends on where you sit.

    I read Al Franken's book . . . he is a buffoon. In my humble and conservative opinion. Now, Dennis Miller .. . . he is funny. I can laugh at jokes at "my" expense. But Al is just not funny and is downright rude and meanspirited.
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Kinda like ol' Rush himself.........
  13. by   Brownms46
    Good one mj...:chuckle
  14. by   Brownms46
    soory one threadt..:chuckle

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