Friday, August 22, 2003


A federal judge on Friday denied Fox News Channel's request for an injunction to block liberal humorist Al Franken's new book.

Franken, reached by telephone immediately after the ruling, called the ruling a victory for the First Amendment and satirists everywhere -- "even bad satirists."

He also said he was grateful for the publicity generated by the suit. Publisher Penguin Group added 50,000 copies to the original run of 270,000 after Fox filed suit, and rolled out the book Thursday instead of its planned September release date.

"In addition to thanking my own lawyers," Franken said, "I'd like to thank Fox's lawyers for filing one of the stupidest briefs I've ever seen in my life." On Friday, the book was listed at No. 2 on's bestseller list, behind "The South Beach Diet."

I am so relieved and my faith in the Justice system in this country just jumped from a negative -666 to a -560, I just pulled those numbers out of my ass, so.... don't touch them.

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