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Liberal Groups Want to 'Take Back Our Media!'
CNS News ^ | 7-15-04 | Susan Jones

Posted on 07/14/2004 11:36:10 AM PDT by FlyLow

(CNSNews.com) - A liberal advocacy group that's made a name for itself by bashing President Bush is now paying for an effort to bash Fox News.

"Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, Fox News Channel turns Republican talking points into news headlines," MoveOn.org says on its website -- as part of a promotion for a new film called "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism."

"Outfoxed" was funded in part by MoveOn and another liberal group.

The Fox News Channel markets itself as "fair and balanced," but "Outfoxed" director Robert Greenwald "exposes Fox for what it it: partisan spin, not news," MoveOn.org says.

In fact, MoveOn members helped Greenwald monitor the Fox News Channel for examples of "partisan spin."

MoveOn.org says "Outfoxed" will be screened this Sunday evening, July 18, at more than 2,500 house parties across the nation, which are being hosted by MoveOn and Common Cause members. The film "premiered" last week in New York City.

"Find a house party in your neighborhood.Watch 'Outfoxed' together," MoveOn.org says on its website. "Join an interactive online conference call with comedian Al Franken and director Robert Greenwald. Plan to take on Fox and take back our media."

According to MoveOn.org, "Outfoxed" features interviews with seven ex-Fox News employees "who describe how, every day, highly partisan talking points are drawn up to influence newscasts."

But Fox News says the film has "misrepresented" the employment histories of four of the "ex-employees," some of whom worked for Fox affiliates, not for the Fox News Channel.

"The former low-level Fox employees are hardly worth addressing," Fox News said in a July 13 statement. "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 employees. They represent fewer than 10 employees out of 2,000 over 8 years."

The MoveOn.org website says, "We'll use this movie to launch a campaign to 'out' Fox News -- making sure everyone in the country knows the network is stumping for the Republican agenda.

"This is our opportunity to defend the principles of fair journalism that are so essential to our democracy. Help us take back our media!"

The idea that liberals need help "taking back" the media is comical to many conservatives, who believe liberals already control the nation's major TV networks and newspapers.

In its July 13 statement, Fox News said "Any news organization that thinks this story is legitimate is opening itself to having its copyrighted material taken out of context for partisan reasons."

Fox accused MoveOn.org of "illegal copyright infringement" and it accuses the New York Times of "cutting a deal" with MoveOn.org that gave Fox News no "adequate time to react" to the film.

"The New York Times corrupts the journalistic process by taking orders from a George Soros-funded web site -- Soros is a left-wing billionaire currency speculator who funds many liberal efforts," the Fox statement said.

"This is the real story. If any news organizations decide to make this an anti-Fox News story, then all of their material becomes fodder immediately for possible out of context and biased documentaries."

Fox News said if any big media outlet agrees to publish "100 percent of their editorial directions and internal memos," Fox News Channel will do the same -- "and let the public decide who is fair."

The cable network said its challenge applies to "any legitimate cable news network, broadcast network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post."


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2004electionbias; brownshirts; censureandmoveon; clintoncronies; foxbashing; foxnews; georgesoros; lyingliars; mediabias; morondotorg; moveon; moveondotorg; outfoxed; outfuxxed; propaganda; sorosbuds

1 posted on 07/14/2004 11:36:12 AM PDT by FlyLow
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To: FlyLow

Go get em FOX. Slap em silly. Here's your chance to get the remaining few in America who haven't found Fox News yet!!!


2 posted on 07/14/2004 11:39:52 AM PDT by BillyCrockett
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To: FlyLow
Note to MorOn.org....Dream On...


3 posted on 07/14/2004 11:41:37 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: FlyLow

MoveOn can go fox itself...


4 posted on 07/14/2004 11:41:58 AM PDT by clintonh8r ("Just because I could.......")
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To: FlyLow

If you took the points literally and believed every word, one would have to assume that cable viewers have voted and chosen Republican talking points over the lib spin on CNN and MSNBC.


5 posted on 07/14/2004 11:43:16 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: FlyLow

Let me know when these guys make a film about CNN purposefully broadcasting Saddams talking points as news, and purposefully covering up, lying about, and hiding what they knew was happening in Iraq for the sole purpose of maintaining their ability to broadcast from Iraq.


6 posted on 07/14/2004 11:43:29 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: FlyLow

I'll give them credit for knowing "their media." I say bring it on, and hope FOX slaps them to the ground.


7 posted on 07/14/2004 11:45:08 AM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: FlyLow

I guess having CNN and others in their rucksack just isn't enough for these fools.


Their desperation is so thick you could cut it with a spoon.


8 posted on 07/14/2004 11:46:01 AM PDT by EggsAckley (You can't be pro small business and pro trial lawyer at the same time! ** George W. Bush*)
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To: FlyLow

Given the fact that CNN has by their own admission allowed people to be tortured and killed in Iraq so they could remain in Baghdad, they may want to keep a low profile.

John Gibson has issued a challenge to the other networks. If the other networks are willing to release their new direction memos, FOX will release theirs for public scrutiny. So far no takers.


9 posted on 07/14/2004 11:46:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (yes. As a matter of fact, my legs are broke.)
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To: FlyLow

"HELP US WIN BACK OUR MONOPOLY ON PUBLIC OPINION."


10 posted on 07/14/2004 11:46:47 AM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: FlyLow

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! "Take back our media." I mean this is THE quote of the year. BWAHAHAHAHA!!! I just can't stop laughing. MoveOn --- I mean, what planet are they living on? The media is wall to wall 24/7 liberal propaganda. And they need to take it back??? Puhleeaze... (laughing even harder)


11 posted on 07/14/2004 11:47:15 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: FlyLow

Haven't they heard that the alphabet networks are all slanted to the left? Isn't that enough? (Not to mention the newspapers.) Don't they know that, with the introduction of the internet, liberal spinning has become nothing more than amusement for most Americans? That's why we're tuning in FOX.


12 posted on 07/14/2004 11:47:26 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Phantom Lord; GVgirl

The more your opponents scream..the more effective you are..kudos to Fox..


13 posted on 07/14/2004 11:47:57 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: cripplecreek

new direction memos, = news direction memos.

spell check couldnt catch that one....seriesly.


14 posted on 07/14/2004 11:48:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (yes. As a matter of fact, my legs are broke.)
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To: goldstategop

They can paint Fox as prejudiced as they wish - I don't care - I will be watching Fox period.

Isn't it wonderful to see the liberals come out of hiding and show who they really are. Absolutely wonderful - we don't have to try and convince people anymore. It is now obvious.


15 posted on 07/14/2004 11:50:57 AM PDT by ClancyJ (Vote for President Bush - It's just not safe to vote Democratic.)
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To: sarasota

I would say that the folks behind moveon.org obviously know that the media is slanted to the left, but it is not in their best interests for the average Joe on the street have this knowledge. This is why you have this 'disinformation' campaign....muddy up the issue so the average American doesn't know what to think...


16 posted on 07/14/2004 11:53:52 AM PDT by GSWarrior (This tagline conveys the heart and soul of America)
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To: FlyLow

Joe sez: "This is our opportunity to defend the principles of fair journalism that are so essential to our democracy. Help us take back our media!"
17 posted on 07/14/2004 11:55:29 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: FlyLow

I think the strategy of the Dems is to say "Fox is biased" so long and so loud that it gradually sticks in people's minds - "A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth."


18 posted on 07/14/2004 11:58:56 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: skeeter

OK, I'm stupid. Who's the guy in the picture?


19 posted on 07/14/2004 11:59:16 AM PDT by murdoog (Hell no I ain't fergettin')
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To: Phantom Lord
Let me know when these guys make a film about CNN purposefully broadcasting Saddams talking points as news, and purposefully covering up, lying about, and hiding what they knew was happening in Iraq for the sole purpose of maintaining their ability to broadcast from Iraq.

Good point.

What's really laughable about this latest MoveOn effort (and F911) is that they're preaching to the choir. Who's going to attend these MoveOn "house parties"? They're just get-togethers for liberal mutual-admiration societies--let's all sing Kumbaya and feel good about ourselves. The end effect is that those that are voting for Kerry are going to vote for Kerry.

20 posted on 07/14/2004 11:59:37 AM PDT by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: Phantom Lord
I recently reread the "interview" (more like grilling a prisoner) that Diane Sawyer did with Kenneth Starr at the height of the Lewinsky investigation. It was unbelievably adversarial, totally unprofessional.
21 posted on 07/14/2004 12:02:05 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: clintonh8r
MoveOn can go fox itself...

Hey buster, watch the use of the F word, would ya? You don't want Patrick Leahy to start crying.

22 posted on 07/14/2004 12:03:00 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: FlyLow
Help us take back our media!

98% control just isn't good enough for some people.

-PJ

23 posted on 07/14/2004 12:03:58 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: EggsAckley

FOX is the only news channel we watch. When we moved and got DirectTV, we didn't even bother to find the alphabet channels.


24 posted on 07/14/2004 12:05:14 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: FlyLow

To my knowledge, Fox's critics NEVER give specific on-air examples of Fox distorting the news, presenting deliberate falsehoods, or aping Republican "spin."


25 posted on 07/14/2004 12:05:43 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: FlyLow

It's just amazing how much the left hate the difference of opinion, isn't it?. The USSR did a good job in their days, they've trained our left really well...


26 posted on 07/14/2004 12:06:18 PM PDT by aliquis
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To: Political Junkie Too
98% control just isn't good enough for some people.

And that's the frightening thing; somehow, someway, they would like to suppress ALL conservative opinion. That, after all, is how the Left operates when it assumes control in a country.
27 posted on 07/14/2004 12:07:34 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: FlyLow

This statement is preposterous on its face.


28 posted on 07/14/2004 12:09:27 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: murdoog

Hint: His initials were J. G.


29 posted on 07/14/2004 12:09:41 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: DeFault User

Funny how Fox News is "the media." Even if it were a Republican noise machine, which it isn't (I work here), what about the thousands of other news sources... CNN, NY Times, LA Times....

Maybe MoveOn.org and FAIR should analyze those sources as well.


30 posted on 07/14/2004 12:11:52 PM PDT by sdk7x7 ("This time I think the Americans are serious. Bush is not like Clinton. I think this is the end.")
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To: Steve_Seattle
So, what's wrong w/ a right wing bias on FOX ?

Fact: Fox is owned by Murdoch/News Corp.
Fact: In home market of Australia, Murdoch's rags are the most liberal.

Fact: Murdoch is a businessman.
When entering the US market, where was the opportunity ?
More liberal pap ala CBS NBC ABC CNN ?
NOT

What pisses off the libs is Fox's success (a conservative message)

31 posted on 07/14/2004 12:13:48 PM PDT by AlBondigas
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To: murdoog

Rhymes with "Gerbils".


32 posted on 07/14/2004 12:19:32 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: FlyLow

Note to Moveon.org: what Cheney said to Leahy.


33 posted on 07/14/2004 12:25:37 PM PDT by anoldafvet (Another Vietnam Vet against John f'n Kerry)
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To: FlyLow

Puh-leeze!!!

Move-On.org is concerned about fairness????

I just hope there are enough lies in this "movie" to allow Fox to sue the tits off of MoveOn.org!


34 posted on 07/14/2004 12:27:29 PM PDT by Bean Counter
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To: FlyLow

Its funny how the same guys who defend Michael Moore's lies as free speech want to silence Fox News for presenting both sides. LOL!


35 posted on 07/14/2004 12:35:28 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: FlyLow

Get real! 90% of the slop that is served up by news is biased to the left. These idiots are just mad because we don't have to get their version of the news. They are also being exposed for what they really are and they don't like it!


36 posted on 07/14/2004 12:38:30 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: KC_Conspirator
Rhymes with "Gerbils".

Richard Gere is a fascist?

37 posted on 07/14/2004 12:41:59 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: FlyLow
What do they believe they can do about it? People like me watch Fox to lower their stomach acid levels after CNN or MSNBC. I know Fox tilts the news to the right just about as much as CNN tilts theirs to the left. I like it that way!

Are they trying to prove collusion with the RNC? Do they then take it to the FEC or ask for an injunction from the 9th Circuit. None of that sounds likely to me.

In the end, they end up preaching to the converted like Mike Moore.

38 posted on 07/14/2004 12:51:53 PM PDT by JimSEA ( "More Bush, Less Taxes.")
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To: FlyLow

They really are frightened. They have a hollow message that has mesmerized a generation. Of course it scares them that someone else may actually have a voice. They believe in free speech as long as it is theirs.


39 posted on 07/14/2004 1:22:01 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: goldstategop
"BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! "Take back our media." I mean this is THE quote of the year. BWAHAHAHAHA!!! I just can't stop laughing. MoveOn --- I mean, what planet are they living on? The media is wall to wall 24/7 liberal propaganda. And they need to take it back??? Puhleeaze... (laughing even harder)" GREAT LAUGH
40 posted on 07/14/2004 1:47:25 PM PDT by FlyLow (Americans aren't weary. The media is!)
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To: murdoog

Perhaps you'd recognize him better in action.
41 posted on 07/14/2004 1:52:08 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: BillyCrockett

Interesting contradiction. Walmart allows Jackson Hewitt to perform tax returns in their stores at the same time allows ACORN.org to pass out voters registrations in front while preaching their cause. ACORN is boycotting Jackson Hewitt because too many idiots took the anticipation loans and ACORN wants to make these dumb a*ses smart again! I've contacted Walmart and Jackson Hewitt and both have assured me ACORN will no longer be out front, hint, hint...


42 posted on 07/14/2004 2:22:20 PM PDT by tobyhill (The war on terrorism is not for the weak)
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To: sdk7x7
Even if it were a Republican noise machine, which it isn't (I work here), what about the thousands of other news sources... CNN, NY Times, LA Times.... Maybe MoveOn.org and FAIR should analyze those sources as well.

I understand that "Outfoxed" has Cronkite saying that news is concentrated in the hands of a few, not like the good old days when he was at CBS. (3 networks, no Internet for the masses, etc.).

As you say there are thousands, especially through the Internet. Cronkite must inhabit another universe. (being charitable)

43 posted on 07/14/2004 3:05:50 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: TC Rider
"If you took the points literally and believed every word, one would have to assume that cable viewers have voted and chosen Republican talking points over the lib spin on CNN and MSNBC."

Lib spin is putting it mildly. One Europeon CNN reporter has been quoted as saying "we don't have to pretend to like the U.S. the way our American counterparts do" accoring to Foxnews. The folks at CNN hates us.

44 posted on 07/14/2004 4:04:13 PM PDT by Carbonsteel
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