Fox objects to Franken's use of the words "Fair and Balanced" in the title of his book, "Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right". Fox is suing for copyright or trademark infringement. The New York Times, in To Fox, 'Fair and Balanced' Doesn't Describe Franken, puts the lawsuit in, IMO, its deserved context:
Apparently, trademark litigation lawsuits are usually "mundane," but legalese wasn't fair and balanced enough for Fox. So, of course, they personally attacked Franken in the suit! He's "not a well-respected voice in American politics, his views appear shrill or unstable, and he lacks any serious depth or insight."
Well, Newsweek called his book "wickedly funny." The New York Times called it "funny, angry, and intelligent." I'm not sure what to think here. Usually Fox News tells me what to think and tells me what's "fair and balanced."
I'll have to go with Fox on this one. Al Franken, your definition of 'fair and balanced' does not match mine; therefore I, as a large corporation, am suing you, an individual, for satirizing the company's deathly serious (and truthful!) slogan.
So what is this?
A large corporation suing an openly critical individual because they can?
Fox wants an injunction against the book.