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The First Amendment Project Review


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Purportedly an insightful look into how the First Amendment is being trampled by the conservatives in power, this triptych of 20-minute short films comes off as a brief primer on civil rights and little else.

The three stories start strong and quickly peter out. The first, and by far the most interesting, follows Al Franken's experience as the butt of a lawsuit from Fox News, after Franken put a photo of Fox star Bill O'Reilly on his book and used Fox catchphrase "fair and balanced" on the cover. O'Reilly and Franken got into a screaming match, and Fox went to court. Fox lost, dismally, and Franken earned national notoriety with a bestseller. The lessons -- about what is protected speech and what is not -- are interesting and important.

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