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    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/19/opinion/19NEWM.html August 19, 2003 OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Paul Newman Is Still HUD By PAUL NEWMAN The Fox News Network is suing
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      http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/19/opinion/19NEWM.html
      August 19, 2003
      OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
      Paul Newman Is Still HUD
      By PAUL NEWMAN

      The Fox News Network is suing Al Franken, the political satirist, for
      using the phrase "fair and balanced" in the title of his new book. In
      claiming trademark violation, Fox sets a noble example for standing
      firm against whatever.

      Unreliable sources report that the Fox suit has inspired Paul Newman,
      the actor, to file a similar suit in federal court against the
      Department of Housing and Urban Development, commonly called HUD. Mr.
      Newman claims piracy of personality and copycat infringement.

      In the 1963 film "HUD," for which Mr. Newman was nominated for an
      Academy Award, the ad campaign was based on the slogan, "Paul Newman
      is HUD." Mr. Newman claims that the Department of Housing and Urban
      Development, called HUD, is a fair and balanced institution and that
      some of its decency and respectability has unfairly rubbed off on his
      movie character, diluting the rotten, self-important, free-trade,
      corrupt conservative image that Mr. Newman worked so hard to project
      in the film. His suit claims that this "innocence by association" has
      hurt his feelings plus residuals.

      A coalition of the willing — i.e., the Bratwurst Asphalt Company and
      the Ypsilanti Hot Dog and Bean Shop — has been pushed forward and is
      prepared to label its products "fair and balanced," knowing that Fox
      News will sue and that its newscasters will be so tied up with
      subpoenas they will only be able to broadcast from the courtroom,
      where they will be seen tearing their hair and whining, looking
      anything but fair and balanced, which would certainly be jolly good
      sport all around.

      Paul Newman, an actor, is chief executive of Salad King.
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