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Akito01

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« on: 10-29-2003 15:14 »

Between this and the Al Franken book, one has to believe the stiffs at Fox News have extremely thin skins.

 http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1517&ncid=762&e=5&u=/afp/20031029/od_afp/lifestyle_us_television_031029172820
Nurdbot

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« Reply #1 on: 10-29-2003 15:39 »

Another example of FOX Stupidity.
bender55

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« Reply #2 on: 10-29-2003 15:41 »

He he almost sued themselves.....thats rich.
evan

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« Reply #3 on: 10-29-2003 16:00 »

Yeah, I think it's pretty funny. But what would have been funnier is if it went to court. The case of Fox Inc. vs. Fox Inc.?  laff Serves 'em right.
Tweek

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« Reply #4 on: 10-29-2003 16:28 »

That is pretty funny  laff

Shows what idiots they are.
SpacemanSpiff

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« Reply #5 on: 10-29-2003 16:32 »

i pity the foo' who invested in fox stocks. i bet at some point, they'll sue themselves out of business.
it's gonna happen, i bet.

hail seitan

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« Reply #6 on: 10-29-2003 16:42 »

I think every idealistic soul in the world prays it will happen as much as the bankruptcy of Bill Gates, the death of Tony Blair and the snapping in half of Geri Halliwell.
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« Reply #7 on: 10-29-2003 16:47 »

I'm sure that William Hill will offer good odds on all of that happening.

That article is sad beyond belief.
Squeezit

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« Reply #8 on: 10-29-2003 17:28 »

I read about this somewhere--something about Fox being afraid that its viewers wouldn't be able to tell the difference between real fox news and a cartoon fox news parody.

In a way I'm surprised--in another way this comes as no surprise.

I just read the article, and it wasn't the same one I read before, but that I would have doubled over in laughter seeing that ticker. That is fantastic.
PCC Fred

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« Reply #9 on: 10-29-2003 18:16 »

I guess Mohammed Jafar's right, there's still some life in the Simpsons after all!  laff
aslate

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« Reply #10 on: 10-29-2003 18:17 »

"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.

Oh dear God, this is "Political Correctness" gone mad! You turn on the TV to see a bright yellow cartoon family and see a news ticker saying "Do Democrats Cause Cancer?", would you believe it?
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« Reply #11 on: 10-29-2003 18:27 »

 
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Originally posted by aslate:
You turn on the TV to see a bright yellow cartoon family and see a news ticker saying "Do Democrats Cause Cancer?", would you believe it?

Be warned that the same masses who demand reality shows would easily fall for that stuff, the idiots.

Aren't we glad that Fox Inc. is finally getting what's coming to them? They practically attacked themselves!   evil laugh
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #12 on: 10-29-2003 18:43 »

Too bad they didn't practically attack themselves with a pneumatic drill to the head.
Teral

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« Reply #13 on: 10-29-2003 19:12 »
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Now that's just dumb. I guess in some weird way there's a kind of logic hidden deep down, I just don't see it.

Edit: talking about the FOX vs FOX thing, not MoV's post.

 
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Originally posted by SpacemanSpiff:
i pity the foo' who invested in fox stocks. i bet at some point, they'll sue themselves out of business.
it's gonna happen, i bet.


From Reuters.com: "Today News Corp shocked an entire nation by filing for bankruptcy, after it's subsidiary FOX Network lost a high profile lawsuit againt FOX News. The FOX Network was found guilty on all charges and sentenced to pay a massive compensation to the plaintiff. The amount proved too much for the ailing company, and it had no other choice but to declare itself insolvent. "We knew the compensation would be stiff, but we didn't imagine we would be this outrageous in our demands. We should be ashamed of ourself" network president Gail Berman told a giggling FOX News reporter. "I guess people were right, we are heartless, moneygrabbing bastards. We could all learn from this, but I doubt it'll happen." FOX Network chairman Sandy Grushow said, while emptying his desk."
Rover

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« Reply #14 on: 10-29-2003 19:23 »

Sometimes, people just don't use their logic. And then again, sometimes people just don't have logic.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #15 on: 10-29-2003 19:42 »

Just to clear this up, Fox almost certainly would not have actually tried to sue themselves.  Basically they threatened to sue The Simpsons for the parody, but given that The Simpsons is owned by Fox, the writers shrugged it off because obviously Rupert Murdoch would not pay to sue himself.  Still, very stupid that they expected the writers to believe it.  And according to Groening it is true, Fox shows or at least cartoons on Fox can't do the "scrolling ticker" gag anymore at Fox's request.  I'm sure the writers will break that rule soon enough.
PCC Fred

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« Reply #16 on: 10-29-2003 20:03 »
« Last Edit on: 10-29-2003 20:03 »

I think we're all dancing around the big question - do Democrats cause cancer?
newhook_1

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« Reply #17 on: 10-29-2003 20:11 »
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I think we both know the answer to that. Suffice to say, don't touch Al Gore without using protection.
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #18 on: 10-29-2003 20:24 »

 
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Originally posted by newhook_1:
I think we both know the answer to that. Suffice to say, don't touch Al Gore without using protection.

I'm a democrat!   mad

Well, to the extent that an underage citizen can be... also, I don't like Bush so I find myself more of a democrat. People backed by the NRA wouldn't get my vote even if I COULD vote.

End rant.
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« Reply #19 on: 10-29-2003 20:58 »

"Hello, Birch.  Long-time listener, first-time caller.  Kudos for bringing the public back to the Republican party.  It's high time people realized we conservatives aren't all Johnny Hatemongers, Charlie Bible Thumps, or even -- God forbid --George Bushes."

Bush isn't a very good representative of conservatives.  I would call myself a conservative; I disagree with abortion and doctor-assisted suicide, but that doesn't make me a Republican.  I'd call myself an independent because I'm strongly animal rights, conservation of the enviroment and I see the reason for taxes.  Not all conservatives are big Bush fans.
Anyway, this whole thing is ridiculous.  It's just further proof that Fox is run by monkeys.  Wait- that's giving them too much credit.  I don't really watch Fox News, but I enjoy "Hannity & Colmes."  I get my information from local news, news sites and the paper.  I like to examine all sides and then make up my mind on political issues.  Fox News is uber-conservative though, and the Simpsons was just paroding them.  I don't see the harm myself.  If anything, I think having an unpaid ad for the channel on primetime TV would boost ratings.  So yes, Virginia, Fox is a bunch of idiots.

Who is Agent Codename: Dragonfly?
newhook_1

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« Reply #20 on: 10-29-2003 20:59 »
« Last Edit on: 10-29-2003 20:59 »

Yeah well I voted New Democratic Party in the last election so I guess I am a Democrat too really. But that doesn't mean they don't give you cancer.
Just Chris

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« Reply #21 on: 10-29-2003 23:22 »

FOX finally got a dose of their own medicine...by bringing it towards themselves!

But I didn't recall seeing these news crawls. Was it just in a scene where Kent Brockman's on the news?
DotheBartman

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« Reply #22 on: 10-30-2003 00:22 »

It was in last season's episode "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington", in which Krusty (yes, Krusty) runs for congress on the Republican party ticket.  It featured a "Fox News" segment with him and his democrat rival, and, in Groening's words, the scene "exposed Fox News for the radical right wing propaganda spewing machine that they are" (or something like that).  Included was a "news ticker" at the bottom as the whole scene went on.  You pretty much had to tape the scene to see them all and still hear all of the dialogue though.  They also added more news ticker gags over the end credits.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #23 on: 10-30-2003 00:36 »

"Parasites Linked," in the Off-Topic forum, if you would.
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