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Outfoxed: New Documentary Charges Fox News Tailored Coverage to Back Bush

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We take a look at a new documentary: "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism," that accuses the Fox News Channel of tailoring its coverage to back President Bush. We play excerpts of the documentary and speak with its producer and director, Robert Greenwald as well as Larry Johnson a former CIA agent and former Fox News contributor.

We take a look at a new documentary titled "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism," that accuses the Fox News Channel of tailoring its coverage to back President Bush.

The documentary, which premiered this week in New York City, features memos written by Fox executives and interviews with former Fox correspondents and producers who talk about how upper management pressured reporters to cover news with a conservative bias. The film also says a study of guests on Fox’s news and opinion shows over a 25-week period in 2003 showed that Republicans appeared five times more often than Democrats.

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

  • Robert Greenwald, veteran filmmaker. He produced and directed "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism". His previous films include "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War" and "Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election."
  • Larry Johnson, former CIA agent and former Fox News contributor. He is featured in Robert Greenwald’s documentary "Outfoxed."

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