View Full Version : O'Reilly v. Franken

13th Aug 2003, 04:06 AM
Can't believe this hasn't been posted on BuF yet...maybe everybody's too excited with Freddy vs. Jason or something.

Remember back in June (or was it late May?) when Al Franken (liberal humorist) lambasted Bill O'Reilly (conservative TV host) while both where presenting their upcoming books in CSPAN?

CSPAN Audio (http://www.ducttapeprotest.org/franken.mp3)

USA Today story (http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2003-06-01-book-expo_x.htm)

Buzzflash Interviews Al Franken (http://www.buzzflash.com/interviews/03/06/12_franken.html)

In the USA Today story, O'Reilly was quoted as saying "Fox lawyers will handle this," referring to Al Franken's book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right .

Well, guess what? O'Reilly's lawyers have meticulously gone through their options to "handle" Franken, and decided to block the book's publication by alleging trademark infringement to the words "fair and balanced," among other reasons.

OOOOO, bring it on!! BRING IT ON!!

Publishers Weekly article (http://publishersweekly.reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleid=CA316696&display=breakingNews&publication=publishersweekly)

New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/12/nyregion/12FRAN.html?ex=1061265600&en=6bd4512b3125599c&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE)

Some linkies to blogs/forums where other people have things to say:

Link (http://www.calpundit.com/archives/001390.html)-Link (http://www.foowack.net/comments/comments.asp?NewsID=3289)-Link (http://www.littletinylies.com/cgi-bin/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=857)-Link (http://www.smelltheglory.com/archives/00000008.html)

That should be enough to get you started.

My opinion: yeah, both these guys are effin' zealots. jackasses. morons. shouldn't be considered ideological masters of the universe. Franken's got a sense of humor though, and O'Reilly has anal arrogance. But it's time for liberals and conservatives in the media to stop pandering to their own kind, and begin teh ULTIMATE DEAHT BATTLE FOR LEFT/RIGHT SUPREMACY!!!!1111 HYEEEAAAAHHHH11!!! WOOT CSPAN!!!!

13th Aug 2003, 11:04 AM
See, Franken is smart because anything he says can be parleyed as "Oh, I was just joking around". O'Reilly's problem is he is a joke, except he doesn't acknowledge that fact.

Franken is just having a good time here. He just likes to point out when people make mistakes, and the bigger his victim's ego is, the bigger hubbub it causes. O'Reilly's ego has swelled well beyond its owner's potential.

Franken would crush him as long as they are not on O'Reilly's show (which he did, at the book event).

Besides, left is right. Right is wrong.

13th Aug 2003, 10:08 PM
O'Reilly's an ass, a hypocrite and a crybaby.

14th Aug 2003, 12:47 AM
He had goddamn Playboy Playmates on a few months ago. How the crap do you expect any respect when your esteemed panel is composed of...well...you know. I hope he exploders. Yes...exploders.

14th Aug 2003, 02:40 AM
Franken's book is outselling Harry Potter, so am sure he doesn't mind.

BTW, that audio clip is the funniest thing I ever heard! :lol: