The silence remains deafening from the media over the
firestorm that should have been Outfoxed. As previously discussed,
this documentary sheds light on the fact that not only is the FOX News
channel right wing leaning, but they are actually nothing more than a
propaganda tool of the Bush White House. Director Robert Greenwald
creates a pattern that proves this by using four separate areas. In
part one we looked at his use of actual FOX News clips, testimony from
former FOX employees, and a study commissioned by Greenwald, conducted
by FAIR, which exposed an 83% republican bias on the flagship news
program on FOX, Special Report with Brit Hume. For details of these
areas, see part
one at this link:
- Outfoxed the Movie; Showing Fox for the Extreme Right Wing
Propaganda Machine it is
- By Anthony Wade
- This article is examining the fourth area, the internal memos leaked
by FOX employees, which clearly show the leaders of FOX News as trying
to slant the news. Some may be curious what the issue is here, because
FOX is obviously a conservative channel. There are essentially three
major problems. The first is the false advertising, which comes along
with their packaging. There is nothing “Fair and Balanced” about
FOX news, and as was pointed out in Outfoxed, no channel has ever “reported”
less than this station with the tag line: “We report, you decide”.
The second point is that they blur the line. Commentary shows are fine
to express opinion, but disguising commentary shows as hard news shows
is despicable, and is the norm at FOX. These two problems combine to
mislead the American public who may be tuning in to get their news,
and then form their opinion. However, FOX has removed that annoying
second step, because they have already made your opinion for you, and
present it as news. That is what is so insidious. The third aspect of
these problems is that FOX is not just espousing a conservative
viewpoint; they are actually parroting the administration’s talking
points. True conservatives do not agree with this President on matters
such as the ballooning deficits and rampant spending. However, you do
not hear that on FOX, because they will never have a negative spin on
this administration or it’s policies. This amounts to government
media, which exists in communist societies, to keep the people at
ease, by hiding the truth.
- These memos were passed out by the Senior Vice President of FOX
News, to the employees at FOX, as daily marching orders. These were
the talking points of the day, meant to be used throughout the day, on
the various FOX programs. Now, the issue is if the memos are
instructing staff to slant the news and if they are, which way
is the slant and who stands to gain. Here are some of the excerpts,
directly from the memos:
- “Let's keep in mind that the G-8 contains the most
obstreperous dissidents against the war on terror.
Bush has a long memory and new friends in Poland the rest
of Eastern Europe.”
- “Two style notes: Rudolph is charged with bombing an abortion
clinic, not a "health clinic."
- “The president is doing something that few of his predecessors
dared undertake: putting the US case for mideast peace to an Arab
summit. It's a
distinctly skeptical crowd that Bush faces.
His political courage and tactical cunning are worth noting
in our reporting through the day.”
- “Scary thought of the day: what if it's a consortium of
terrorist groups working together?”
- “John Kerry may wish he'd taken off his microphone before
trashing the GOP. Though
he insists he meant republican "attack squads," his
coarse description of his opponents has cast a lurid glow over the
- “Gas prices are at all time highs in the US.
There are reasons for the surge, some economic, some mere
business tactics. Remember:
US prices, while they seem high to us, are a half or less the cost
of gasoline elsewhere.”
- “Kerry, starting to feel the heat for his flip-flop voting
record, is in West Virginia.”
- “The so-called 9/11 commission has already been meeting.
In fact, this is the eighth session.
The fact that former Clinton and both former and current Bush
administration officials are testifying gives it a certain tension,
but this is not "what did he know and when did he know it"
stuff. Do not turn this
- “…let the ACLU stick it where the sun don't shine”
- “As the witness list indicates, today is likely to be the apex of
the so-called 9/11 commission hearings. Tenet, Clarke, and Clinton NSC
advisor Berger all testify. We
will carry their statements, along with he Q&A, live.
Remember that while there are obvious political implications
for Bush, the commission is looking at eight years of the Clinton
Administration versus eight months (the time prior to 9/11 that Bush
was in office) for the incumbent.”
- “As is often the case, the real news is Iraq is being obscured by
- “The Laci and Conner Act passed the Senate and the Prez will sign
it. What does this mean
for law enforcement and what does it say about the status of the
- “Into Fallujah: It's called Operation Vigilant Resolve and it
began Monday morning (NY time) with the US and Iraqi military
surrounding Fallujah. We
will cover this hour by hour today, explaining repeatedly why it is
happening. It won't be
long before some people start to decry the use of "excessive
force." We won't be among that group.”
- “The continuing carnage in Iraq -- mostly the deaths of seven US
troops in Sadr City -- is leaving the American military little choice
but to punish perpetrators. When
this happens, we should be ready to put in context the events that led
to it. More than 600 US
military dead, attacks on the UN headquarters last year, assassination
of Iraqi officials who work with the coalition, the deaths of Spanish
troops last fall, the outrage in Fallujah: whatever happens, it is
- “The President goes to Charlotte to talk about job training.
Buoyed by the 300K job figure last week, he can boast his
policies are working.”
- “Air America, featuring Al Franken and other liberals, got on the
air last week, but at what cost? Well,
in New York, it took the place of an ethnic show.
In LA, it knocked off a Korean program. And in Chicago, a
Spanish language broadcast was replaced.
None of these people are happy.”
- “Err on the side of doing too much Iraq rather than not enough.
Do not fall into the easy trap of mourning the loss of US lives
and asking out loud why are we there?”
- “American deaths in this renewed fighting are an important
element, but not the only element of the conflict.
A battle is more than a macabre statistics report.”
- “The inconsistencies in the Woodward book are beginning to mount
to the point of questioning the accuracy of the Watergate hero's
latest tome. Brian Wilson
is looking through the book, what was said, and what's been denied and
what's just plain wrong.”
- “More serious and more important is the US military's end of
waiting game for Fallujah. If,
as promised, the coalition decides to take Fallujah back by force, it
will not be for lack of opportunities for terrorists holed up there to
negotiate. Let's not get
lost in breast-beating about the sadness of the loss of life.
They had a chance.”
- ‘John Kerry has positioned himself squarely on the fight over
abortion. He attends a
pro-choice rally in DC, then addresses newspaper editors.
We'll take the latter live… At the Vatican, which operates
behind closed doors, Catholic theologians are discussing the moral
responsibility of lawmakers who claim to be Catholics.
While John Kerry's name will probably never be mentioned
specifically, the debate includes his candidacy.’
- “Ribbons or medals? Which
did John Kerry throw away after he returned from Vietnam.
This may become an issue for him today.
His perceived disrespect for the military could be more
damaging to the candidate than questions about his actions in uniform.”
- “Let's not overdo the appearances by Kerry's swiftboat mate John
O'Neil. While his
appearances so far have been OK, he represents one side of the 30 year
recollections of what Kerry did, or didn't do, in uniform.
Other people have different recollections.”
- “let's refer to the US marines we see in the foreground as
"sharpshooters" not snipers, which carries a negative
- “The president and VP are MEETING with the 9/11 commission.
They are NOT testifying before it as did witnesses last week.
It is an important distinction that we need to make.”
- “We'll get to the electronic voting machine debate, making the
point that it has the POTENTIAL to delay elections in many states.”
- “The president goes to Michigan, accompanied by a powerful
campaign asset, the first lady.”
- “It is important that we keep the Abu Graeb situation in
perspective. The story is
beginning to live on its own momentum.
The facts of the story may develop into the need to do much
more in the days ahead. For
the moment, however, the focus appears to be changing to finger
pointing within the administration and how it plays out as an issue in
the presidential campaign.”
- It is fairly obvious to any impartial person that these quotes
represent someone with an agenda, and the truth is not on that agenda.
News outlets are supposed to investigate stories, find the truth and
report it, not decide for their viewers what is the truth and how
coverage will be framed. The slants are always pro-Bush,
anti-democrat, and often are straight out of the White House talking
points. These memos and the Outfoxed movie go to the heart of one of
the largest problems facing this us today. That is the media
consolidation in this country, where about ten companies own all
mainstream media. The truth is that CBS or ABC are not much better
substantively than FOX, they just aren’t as deceptive. People spend
so much time analyzing what is on the media, we often don’t realize
what is not, and that is more telling. This past week we see four
stories, which should be big news, yet there is barely a blip. They
- Clear Channel denying a billboard ad in midtown Manhattan which is
critical of war, during the Republican National Convention.
- The fact that the administration is looking at how the election can
- The story about how Larry King tried to get Michael Moore to come on
his show to meet with a representative from the Bush administration
and defend his movie. When Moore agreed, King backed out, possibly at
the behest of the White House.
- The premier of Outfoxed, exposing the corruption of FOX News.
- Murdoch threatened his counterparts in the media to not make
Outfoxed a story, and they apparently have bowed. The Larry King Story
has gotten minimal attention at best. The Clear Channel debacle is
paid lip service and the potential postponing of an election has been
buried. It all points to the dangers of media consolidation. Most
people are left to the Internet to find reputable news.
- FOX News has perpetrated an injustice to all of us for a long time
now. Don’t lose sight of the fact that they had Bush’s cousin,
John Ellis working election 2000, and it was his call of the election
for Bush, that gave Bush the credibility he needed. The fact is that
the AP knew it was too close to call, yet FOX News, throwing all
journalistic ethics out the window had the cousin of Bush, call the
election for Bush. When you see facts such as these, with statements
from ex-employees, independent studies, and the actual FOX clips you
begin to see the pattern Robert Greenwald was talking about. When you
then see the actual memos passed out by the people who run FOX news,
you see that pattern for what it really is. FOX News is nothing more
than a shill for Bush. They have lost whatever credibility they may
have had. Thanks to Robert Greenwald, they have been Outfoxed.
Anthony Wade email@example.com
is an independent writer from New York.