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November 3, 2003 1:37 AM   Subscribe

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When is this October of which you speak, and where, historically speaking, can I locate it? Oh, halfway down my page: I see. Let us never speak of this again.
posted by The God Complex at 1:49 AM on November 3, 2003


The fact that this set off so few BS alarms speaks volumes of Fox's credibility.
posted by skallas at 1:50 AM on November 3, 2003


Fox has been so litigious and touchy about their image that I still tend to believe the original story. The denial smacks of spin.
posted by RavinDave at 1:56 AM on November 3, 2003


Doesn't say that Fox wasn't thinking about it, though...
posted by derbs at 1:57 AM on November 3, 2003


Fox News, however, denies reports that they ever threatened to sue. "We were all scratching our heads and thought it was hysterical," spokesman Rob Zimmerman

And some people thought he sold out when he went electric...
posted by item at 2:07 AM on November 3, 2003


A bit off topic but...The Washington Post always asks for my birthday and zip code, and they use the examples (e.g. 1965) and (e.g. 20171)... I've always wondered if their web site disregards those values, and if so it's a neat psychological trick because if anyone is like me and puts fake info in those forms, I've noticed it's a lot easier when they provide me with the fake info so I don't have to bother thinking of random info. Anyone know? Just something that has been bugging me.
posted by banished at 2:44 AM on November 3, 2003


Fox News is not, and never was sueing The Simpsons™

yeah? well, rummy does not have, and never did have, any mojo.

*puts thumbs in ear, waggles fingers*

<neener />
posted by quonsar at 2:50 AM on November 3, 2003


Judas!
posted by Ljubljana at 2:57 AM on November 3, 2003


Didn't this come up in the thread anyway?

10th post. And 3 of the last 4 posts.

MetaTalk. For purely administrative reasons.
posted by i_cola at 3:33 AM on November 3, 2003


The fact that this set off so few BS alarms speaks volumes of Fox's credibility.

Actually, it sounds like you were dumb enough to believe that a company would actually sue itself.
posted by angry modem at 5:00 AM on November 3, 2003


Actually, it sounds like you were dumb enough to believe that a company would actually sue itself.

Actually, it sound like you are dumb enough not to know that different subdivisions are likely to sue each other given a set of circumstances. For example, see Sony music (as part of the RIAA) possibly suing Sony for creating cd rw drives.

This is what happens when companies reach critical mass, they begin to crack apart and pursue their own objectives.
posted by sic at 5:25 AM on November 3, 2003


riiiiiight. and when you give rich people more money they invest it...


overseas.
posted by quonsar at 5:35 AM on November 3, 2003


From the article: Groening told Gross during the interview that ". . . 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."

Which is ironic, considering that Fox News has been confusing viewers into thinking it's real news for years.

BURN!
posted by RylandDotNet at 6:05 AM on November 3, 2003


For example, see Sony music (as part of the RIAA) possibly suing Sony for creating cd rw drives.

Got a link for that?
posted by angry modem at 6:10 AM on November 3, 2003


The Simpsons Babies. Just saw that cartoon for the first time in the Sunday paper. [sobs}
posted by mecran01 at 6:13 AM on November 3, 2003


Phew. For a moment, I thought Fox News was shrill, hard right propaganda machine staffed by generals and felons.
posted by the fire you left me at 6:59 AM on November 3, 2003


Let's post about this every day.
posted by Outlawyr at 7:09 AM on November 3, 2003


Here's a link for those who are dumb enough not to know how to use google (haha, I kid!): Company sues itself.
posted by bigschmoove at 7:43 AM on November 3, 2003


sounds like you were dumb enough ... For example, see Sony music (as part of the RIAA) possibly suing Sony for creating cd rw drives.

come on angry modem... hold my hand while we cross the street.
posted by specialk420 at 7:49 AM on November 3, 2003


I never believed Fox News before; why should I believe them now? I'll take Matt's word over theirs..
posted by wsg at 8:16 AM on November 3, 2003


specialk420: Nothing in those articles you googled mention Sony suing itself. Sure Sony makes CD-R writers but the RIAA has yet to sue any manufacturer of such devices (or any hardware manufacturer in general whether it's CR-W drive manufacturers or mp3 playres). They might be stupid but they're not idiots.
posted by PenDevil at 8:22 AM on November 3, 2003


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