A Week in the Life of Gustavo

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quinta-feira, outubro 30, 2003

From the wire...

Fox News threatened to sue Simpsons over parody

The text:

In an interview this week with National Public Radio, Matt Groening recalled how the news channel had considered legal action, despite the fact that "The Simpsons" is broadcast on sister network, Fox Entertainment.

According to Groening, Fox took exception took a Simpsons' version of the Fox News rolling news ticker which parodied the channel's anti-Democrat stance, with headlines like "Do Democrats Cause Cancer?"

"Fox fought against it and said they would sue the show," Groening said.

"We called their bluff because we didn't think Rupert Murdoch would pay for Fox to sue itself. So, we got away with it."

Other satirical Fox news bulletins featured in the show included: "Pointless news crawls up 37 per cent... Do Democrats cause cancer? Find out at foxnews.com... Rupert Murdoch: Terrific dancer... Dow down 5,000 points... Study: 92 per cent of Democrats are gay... JFK posthumously joins Republican Party... Oil slicks found to keep seals young, supple..."

While the lawsuit never materialized, Groening said some action was taken.

"Now Fox has a new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it's real news," he said.

Fox News denied the channel had ever threatened legal action.

"We are scratching our heads over here. We liked the cartoon. We thought it was great," Robert Zimmerman, a Fox News spokesman, told the Independent

Fucking Fox. First, with the Al Franken suing, now this? For a network that loves to skewer liberals, they sure are thin-skinned. In fact, most people who are viciously partisan can't take criticism, a phenomena that affects liberals and conservatives alike. To criticize, you must have a hide of lead...like me! But ask me about my nails...

Lebron James makes his NBA debut.

I'm disgusted with this story already. And you know what? It's only beginning. Lost amidst all the coverage is that THE CAVALIERS LOST. And they lost by over 10 points--that's a thrashing. All said, I don't have a problem with James--in the few interviews I've seen of him and in profiles of the guy, he seems nice enough. And 12-of-20 shooting coupled with nine assists is a good game in all levels.