“wholly without merit, both factually and legally”

Judge rejects FoxNews’ injunction against Al Franken’s book for using the words “fair and balanced” in the subtitle, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.

There are hard cases and there are easy cases. This is an easy case,” said U.S. District Judge Denny Chin. “This case is wholly without merit both factually and legally. Parody is a form of artistic expression protected by the First Amendment. The keystone to parody is imitation. Mr. Franken is clearly mocking Fox.”

I should be getting my copy of the book in the mail today, along with Arianna Huffington’s Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America and the Caroline Kennedy book, A Patriot’s Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love. I picked up the Kennedy book in the store the other day and the only thing that kept me from buying it right then was that I knew it would be discounted on Amazon. But I was extremely tempted to get it; it looked excellent. Definitely read the reviews on the Amazon link… I know for me that it will serve as a touchstone for why I love America so much, which is helpful when I get so angry at the president and the religious right that I can’t see straight.
Oops, I should also mention that I ordered at the same time the new Tom Tomorrow book The Great Big Book of Tomorrow: A Treasury of Cartoons.

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