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Fair and Balanced, the play

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Paul ClinePerson was signed in when posted
08-28-2003
04:59 PM ET (US)
This sounded interesting to me and I was hoping that some sort of BitPass micropayment would be involved so I could get some quick and cheap. I was happy to find the BitPass link but $5 isn't a micropayment. Under a dollar, please.
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Gawd OrlmightyPerson was signed in when posted
08-28-2003
07:51 AM ET (US)
Some people have nothing at all better to do.
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Ruckus02Person was signed in when posted
08-27-2003
08:54 PM ET (US)
States could do away with the death penalty and lock the convicted up with Bill O'Reilly who would procede to talk the guilty part to death.....
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Jonas CordPerson was signed in when posted
08-27-2003
07:21 PM ET (US)
Scathing satirical attack?
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Stefan JonesPerson was signed in when posted
08-27-2003
06:12 PM ET (US)
This worked out so badly for Fox that I wonder if Al Franken *has something* a Fox bigwig. Something so bad that a doomed lawsuit that gave Franken primo publicity seemed preferable. Like candid photos featuring O'Reilly and an overripe melon and an underage borzoi.
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Eli the BeardedPerson was signed in when posted
08-27-2003
05:20 PM ET (US)
The blurb sounds good, but the first few pages really fail to
draw me in.
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PapayaSFPerson was signed in when posted
08-27-2003
05:15 PM ET (US)
An easy target, because the lawsuit was stupid and never had a chance, but the play is silly. Fox never claimed to "own" the words "fair and balanced": they simply had a trademark on them. Lots of common phrases are trademarked. About 10 years ago Spy magazine did a short piece consisting entirely of trademarked words and phrases, and it certainly looked absurd, filled with unremarkable superlatives like "it's the best". And while IANAL, my understanding is that trademarks apply pretty narrowly, so different companies in different industries might have the same trademarked phrase.

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