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Saturday, August 16, 2003

Friday August 15, 2003. I've been reading a very funny legal document -- Fox News's request for an injunction against Penguin Books and Al Franken. It's funnier than anything by Franken I've read.

Recap: Franken has written, and Penguin is publishing, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right". Fox is suing on the grounds that 1) they've trademarked "Fair and Balanced" and 2) Franken's use of that phrase, and the cover design, will mislead the public into thinking the book is associated with and endorsed by Fox News.

There's a passage which seems to be saying that the only possible bias in news media is liberal bias. And defamatory statements about Franken which do not seem legally relevant.

The lawyers for Fox News presumably know what they're doing -- getting paid for helping their client do something stupid.

Graffito seen: I know what you did.

Read: Steven Brust, _The Lord of Castle Black_. I enjoyed it, but I'd rather see that world's history advanced rather than backfilled.

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