The Fox News Network is suing comedian Al Franken in an effort to block publication of his upcoming new book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. The lawsuit claims that Franken's title infringes Fox's trademark on the phrase "fair and balanced," and characterizes Franken as "shrill and unstable," a "parasite" whose behavior is "either intoxicated or deranged." Evidently the network is still fuming over Franken's hilarious run-in with Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly at a recent book publishers' convention. The Authors Guild has issued a statement calling Fox's lawsuit "deplorable" and is compiling a list of other books that could be suppressed under the same legal argument, such as Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions or Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain.
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