So, Fox coddles a rightwing, racist commentator, calling him "a national celebrity", while calling Franken "deranged", a "parasite", and "shrill". Of course, O'Reilly is the one known for shouting down his guests, pulling the plug on them, and telling them to shut up... but no, he's neeever shrill. So, does that sound like "Fair and Balanced" behavior from Fox to you?!
Meanwhile, Franken's book has recieved so much free publicity because of this that it has shot to #1 on the Amazon charts, even though it hasn't been released yet!
... and Fox is getting widely criticized as attacking the freedom of the press, Jon Stewart ripped them a new one, and webloggers have announced that today is Fair and Balanced Day... a day for everyone to weaken Fox's trademark just that much more.
It's worth mentioning that there is a veritable smorgasbord of sites out there that are technically in on the act, and plenty of examples of the phrase "fair and balanced" being used before Fox tried to lay claim to the expression... even CNN is in on the act! So how come Fox isn't suing them too?!
"Well, one is an obvious act of parody and satire..." and the other? It's apparently not so funny anymore, because Fox has gone out of their way to transform their "Fair and Balanced" trademark into full-on Orwellian doublespeak. It's a scary, sick joke... and so is Fox News.
If Fox wants some hint of respectibility, they should drop "their trademark"... and the lawsuit too.