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Monday, July 12, 2004

Another one-sided liberal attack film

USA Today is reporting that another liberal film is entering the debate. The film, produced by MoveOn.org, is titled Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. The film alleges that Fox News is slanted to the Republicans. As opposed to the rest of the fair and balanced media.

Fox News, which says it is the "fair and balanced" network, has long been accused by Democrats and liberals of having a conservative bias. Outfoxed adds to that debate through interviews with former Fox correspondents and producers, as well as memos written by Fox executives.



The memos, for example, portray Fox executives urging correspondents to remind viewers the United States "is in Iraq to help a country brutalized for 30 years protect the gains made by Operation Iraqi Freedom" — an argument for the war that is similar to the Bush administration's.



However, Outfoxed does not mention other memos its researchers obtained from Fox News staffers.



Those memos, shown to USA TODAY, remind correspondents to give equal emphasis to speeches by President Bush and his opponent, Sen. John Kerry.



Another memo says, "Let's not overdo the appearances by Kerry swift boat mate John O'Neill," a man who raised questions about the senator's wartime record. "He represents one side of the 30-year recollections of what Kerry did, or didn't do, in uniform. Other people have different recollections," the memo says.



All I've got to say to this is can Moveon.org prove that the Iraqi people were not brutalized for thirty years under Saddam?

A Fox News spokeswoman would not comment on the film on Sunday. Fox was not given a chance to respond in the film.



The film's producer and director, Robert Greenwald, says he intentionally did not seek Fox's side. "Fox News is on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Greenwald says. "My little film is hardly going to address that imbalance. This really is David vs. Goliath."



See the fate of your movie Mr. Greenwald. Just strip out the positive comments about Michael Moore because I doubt you have his talent.


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