The Nation: Laughter Is Legal

What ever happened to the Pole who didn't like a Polish joke told over national television and appealed to the Supreme Court for equal time? The court turned him down. And that's no joke. The Polish-American Congress and a Chicago attorney, Thaddeus L. Kowalski, had lost earlier suits before the FCC and the Court of Appeals when they asked for the right to reply to four Polish jokes recited on The Dick Cavett Show in 1972.* Last week the high court refused to hear their case.

The Polish-American Congress and Kowalski argued that the...

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