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The Fox News memos

July 12, 2004 8:21 AM

I just put the memos on the Outfoxed website. Press conference is in 40 minutes.

UPDATE: And I promptly took them down. We can put the full text up if Fox gives us permission. They have been made to available to the press.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Wonkette posted them all here.

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Where are the memos? They were there and then they wern't.

Mon Jul 12 2004 10:43 AM

Anonymous: has a summary of the highlights

Mon Jul 12 2004 11:31 AM

RH in SF:

Jim-- I know you're a producer of the film. HEY! You guys aren't even promoting that you can buy your tickets for the SF opening July 16th over the phone by credit card!

Here's what I just wrote to Don Hazen:
I just read Don Hazen's review of Outfoxed; I already knew of the movie thru MoveOn, but when I saw Don's review today (okay, a few days late)

AlterNet is co-hosting the Bay Area premiere of the film on Friday, July 16, 7pm, at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. Tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale.

I'd like to make some suggestions about how this movie could sell-out in a matter of days! I just called Victoria Theatre in an attempt to purchase in advance by credit card... Anita accomodated.. And when I asked why is this not being shown on, she said "we assumed everyone would juts want to come to the box office."

I said "I actually think that is a fault assumption :) "

She asked why? I said because for Fahrenehit 9/11 the advance demand was so high (thanks to MoveOn's initiative to "see it on first weekend") that the Sony Metreon sold out all its Friday night shows well in advance.

She said "hmm, that's a good point"

So I asked "DO you have credit card capability?"

"Oh yes, that's easy."

"Well can I buy my tickets right now?"

"I don't see why not?"

(so we do the credit card transaction; they add a $3 service charge per ticket -- that was fine by me --- and I designated my 2 ticket's prices to be $17 each -- such that with service charge, I paid $40 for 2 tickets -- for a great cause)

I then asked -- do you have a website? She said yes, it's

Me: "So how bout putting text there that says: Buy your tickets in advance by calling the box office and paying by credit card... The # is .... Please note: There will be a $3 service charge per ticket added to the ticket price."

She: "Hmm, that sounds like a good idea. Let me work on that right now.

Me: And get Greenwald and to add that to THEIR website and include the PHONE NUMBER :)

She: I'm on it.

I think this movie is going to be HUGE.... I think you could sell it out in 3 days in SF if this method of advance ticket purchase were made known.

Please consider!

Mon Jul 12 2004 1:42 PM


I want to see the memos, not a review of them. Will you be posting them again for all to see? Google didn't get around to indexing the page and caching it. They were pulled too fast.

Mon Jul 12 2004 8:53 PM


Fox News says in reply to this movie that it is not fair and balanced to not give them a chance to repond. They are of course right. Normally a journalist runs the story by a subject and gives them a chance to respond to clean up inaccuracies and misunderstandings. To not do so is 'hit and run journalism'. They be running scared:

"If they will put out 100 percent of their editorial directions and internal memos, FOX News Channel will publish 100 percent of our editorial directions and internal memos, and let the public decide who is fair. This includes any legitimate cable news network, broadcast network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post."

I think it is brilliant. Fox, of course, has no more to hide than any other news organization - they all have their share of bias, some on liberal side some on conservative side.

The movie producers should release *their* internal memos and call on *all* news organizations to follow them and Fox's lead and do it too... Let it all hang out! Perestroika for the Press!

btw, that quote from Moby has me convinced! :-)

Mon Jul 12 2004 9:07 PM

Jason Blair:

Let's see some of Peter Jennings and Dan Rather's memos for comparison please...

Or is this "journalism" piece a tad biased?

Tue Jul 13 2004 1:45 AM


Here they are in pdf format:

Tue Jul 13 2004 3:41 PM


the pdfs arent there.


Thu Jul 15 2004 12:31 PM

Jim Gilliam:

Wonkette posted them all here:

Thu Jul 15 2004 12:50 PM

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