Thursday, January 11, 2007

Fox Versus Al Franken

Once upon a time, before Al Franken got a radio show, he had to annoy Republicans by writing books. At that time, Franken wrote Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them : A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. FOX sued, saying that the book violated copyright with its use of their slogan "fair and balanced." The lawsuit was thrown out before it went to trial, literally laughed out of court. Al Franken posted a transcript of the proceedings, minus the laughter. Feel free to insert your own.


PBS said...

Ha ha, that's fair and balanced!

Mauricem said...

Besides the summary judgment, which was brilliant, my favorite part is the argument that people who read books are not particularly sophisticated. I would make sure every person who buys those books got to read that quote and realize what the publishers think of their audience. Brilliant work man. Nice sleuthing.
By the way, that book is hysterical.