Comedian and Author Al Franken

New Book Tops Best-Seller Lists Amid Controversy

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Al Franken has enjoyed lasting success with Saturday Night Live, as a writer for the show and as the soul of Stuart Smalley, an insecure character who never met a 12-step program he didn't like.

Offscreen Franken is an unabashed liberal who campaigned for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign and has been a featured speaker at numerous Democratic functions. And most recently, his new book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, has skyrocketed to top of The New York Times and Amazon.com best-seller lists.

But not without a little controversy. Fox News took umbrage at the book's subtitle, and sued Franken for using its "fair and balanced" slogan. The suit lasted just a few weeks, until a federal judge found the request for an injunction "totally without merit."

The lawsuit has only gotten Franken more publicity.

On Talk of the Nation, Franken joins the show to talk about the right, the left and all of the excitement around his new book.

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