History Creator / AlFranken

3rd Apr '16 11:06:22 PM Kalmbach
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* StreisandEffect: FoxNews filed a lawsuit over ''Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them'', claiming that the book's subtitle "A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right" was an infringement on their trademarked slogan, requesting an injunction against publishing the book with that title. Not only was the lawsuit laughed out court (it is long-established case law that copyrights cannot block satire), but the case gave Franken a huge amount of free publicity and greatly increased sales of the book.
27th Mar '16 1:30:59 PM Scoutstr295
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* HilariousInHindsight: ''[[WhyNotMe Why Not Me?]]'', which depicts a fictionalized version of Franken running for and gaining the presidency, was written as a farce back in 1998. Ten years later, Franken started a political career for real and became a U.S. senator for Minnesota. Now, some pundits are actually trying to encourage HillaryClinton to make Franken her [[http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/03/the-case-for-vice-president-al-franken-213756 vice presidential candidate]] against DonaldTrump.
27th Mar '16 1:24:06 PM Scoutstr295
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* ArchEnemy: [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]. See below, and also http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/oreilly-falafel-suit-turns-five?page=11

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* ArchEnemy: [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]. See below, and also http://www.[[http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/oreilly-falafel-suit-turns-five?page=11com/file/oreilly-falafel-suit-turns-five?page=11 here]].
18th Mar '16 12:10:08 PM falcon2484
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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Al writes in ''Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot'' that his research assistant Geoff Rodkey contracts Lyme disease and dies[[note]] meant as a blackly comedic denouement of a series of chapters on the complexities of the legal system as it deals with health care and employee/employer lawsuits[[/note]]. Many of Al's readers apparently did not get the joke, and thought Geoff was really dead. A few sent Al letters telling him what a horrible person he was, working his assistant to death. In the paperback edition of ''Rush'', he assures his readers that Geoff is alive and well (wrapping up this addendum by once again announcing that Geoff has died).
19th Jan '16 9:44:26 AM Jhonny
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Most recently he became the Junior Senator from Minnesota in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Minnesota,_2008 frighteningly protracted election]]. Interestingly, as a Senator, he's been rather mild-mannered, level-headed, and kind of sheepish. It's actually kind of endearing.

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Most recently he became the Junior Senator from Minnesota in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Minnesota,_2008 frighteningly protracted election]]. His reelection was more of a CurbStompBattle, him beating his opponent by ten points. Interestingly, as a Senator, he's been rather mild-mannered, level-headed, and kind of sheepish. It's actually kind of endearing.
15th Jan '16 3:32:59 AM Anddrix
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--> Thanks to Team Franken, you can rest assured that everything in this book is true. Either that, or it's a joke. If you come across something that doesn't ring true, [[ViewersAreMorons you probably just missed a hilarious joke and should blame yourself rather than me or Team Franken.]]

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--> Thanks to Team Franken, you can rest assured that everything in this book is true. Either that, or it's a joke. If you come across something that doesn't ring true, [[ViewersAreMorons you probably just missed a hilarious joke and should blame yourself rather than me or Team Franken.]]
1st Aug '15 6:14:49 PM karstovich2
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'''Alan Stuart Franken''' (born May 21, 1951) is an American comedy writer, political satirist, and now Senator from Minnesota.

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'''Alan Stuart "Al" Franken''' (born May 21, 1951) is an American comedy writer, political satirist, and now Senator from Minnesota.
1st Aug '15 6:13:54 PM karstovich2
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Franken bashing Silverman caused him to not be the executive producer of ''SNL''[='s=] sixth season...which, as it now stands, is considered an OldShame due to how weak and humorless it was under the direction of Jean Doumanian.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Franken bashing Silverman caused him to not be the executive producer of ''SNL''[='s=] sixth season...which, as it now stands, is considered an OldShame due to how weak and humorless it was under the direction of Jean Doumanian. (On the other hand, if Franken ''had'' taken the position, it's likely that Lorne Michaels wouldn't have returned, leading to some excellent seasons later on, and also fairly likely that Franken would not have gone on to his career in punditry and then on to the Senate.)
20th Feb '15 5:04:16 AM TPPR10
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20th Feb '15 5:03:39 AM TPPR10
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His [[AuthorAvatar Avatar]] (and recurring ''SNL'' character), Stuart Smalley, is in the Trope {{Pantheon}} as the [[{{Pantheon/Emotion}} Demigod of Self-Esteem]].
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