From Jim Gilliam's blog archives
Got 'em squirming
July 14, 2004 4:02 AM
Brent Bozell's Media Research Center, the Washington Times, Bill O'Reilly, and Joe Scarborough don't like Outfoxed one bit. Getting a little riled up guys? I'm shocked!
From the Washington Times:
Rich Noyes, research director for the Media Research Center, accused those responsible for "Outfoxed" of apparently "taking some quotes out of context" and of stringing together information "to make a partisan point," rather than fact-finding.
Bill O'Reilly: "The attacks on this network are growing increasingly dishonest, and our opponents at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, just pick up and run with this stuff."
Let's start out with my first issue. It has to do with Michael Moore. He's blurring the lines, of course, between documentaries. But there's a new strange brand of filmmaking. It's attack filmmaking. And I have issues with a new entry in that category. It's a film called "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism." That's as reported exclusively in "The New York Times" yesterday.
It was created by yet another guy who doesn't hide behind any claims of objectivity. Instead, the director states this -- quote -- "I wanted to use Fox's own words and images to show exactly what they do. Fox is a Republican, not merely a conservative, network."
Like Michael Moore, this filmmaker used what information fit his thesis and cut everything else out, such as Fox memos that are in his possession that promoted balanced coverage, one reminding staff members to balance times for speeches by Bush and balance speeches for Kerry, another memo about a guest who has been very critical of John Kerry's service record.
And this memo reads this, again, in his possession: "Let's not overdo the appearances by Kerry's swift boat mate John O'Neill. He represents one side of the 30-year recollection of what Kerry did or didn't do in uniform. Other people have different recollections."
The news here doesn't have anything to do with the content over at Fox News. The real news is that "The New York Times" is getting an exclusive story with an organization that billionaire George Soros put out on one of his pet projects to do a hit job on a media outlet. And come on. Who's kidding who? Traditionally, have the media people gone left or gone right? It's not even a close call.
This is what Murdoch had to say today. He said: "Some of the sources for this documentary never worked for Fox News Channel. Some left because of incompetence, and none expressed concern about editorial policy while they were employees."
The funny thing about that John O'Neill swiftboat thing -- Moody telling the employees to lay off a bit -- is that Moody HAD to tell them to lay off a complete non-story because it was making Fox look ridiculous. They even had to "expose
" O'Neill because he never even served with John Kerry in Vietnam
. "Ooh, look at us, we're so fair and balanced we exposed our own bullshit story."
Got 'em squirming
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Gee...taking quotes out of context. Maybe they were upset because they thought they were the only ones that got to do that.
As to Scarborough's comment about Fox being a Republican and not merely a conservative network, I think that the Republicans have long since abandoned true conservatism. Witness the FMA fight - aren't these the same people who fought for State's Rights? Conservative isn't just a label that can be taken and applied to whatever fits at the time.
Thu Jul 15 2004 6:45 AM