Monday, August 25, 2003

Capitalism and the Law: Fox News Drops Suit Vs. Franken Over Book

Erin McClam of the Associated Press reports it's the end of the line for the Fox News suit against liberal humorist Al Franken:

Fox News dropped its lawsuit against Al Franken on Monday, three days after a federal judge refused to block the liberal humorist from using the Fox slogan "Fair and Balanced" on the cover of his book.

The lawsuit had sought unspecified damages from Franken and Penguin Group, publisher of "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right."

"It's time to return Al Franken to the obscurity that he's normally accustomed to," Fox News spokeswoman Irena Steffen said.
The story of how Al Franken got Fox to plug his book for him for free has got to be one of the great tales of modern communication. Don't get me wrong--I think Franken is a big dumb idiot, but Fox's idiocy against him was bigger and more idiotic, and has to be one of the least savvy moves since new Coke.

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