Sunday, July 13, 2014

Recommended Reading

Ten years ago filmmaker Robert Greenwald released the documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, which strove to peel back the layers of subterfuge and propaganda utilized by Fox News to spin news in a rightward fashion. That Fox was doing this was already part of the cultural ether, but to see it crystallized in such a concise manner by Greenwald was definitely a formative moment for many (remember, this was even before Jon Stewart fully embraced his "Bull$#% Mountain" anti-Fox News line of attack). Now, with ten years of distance, Greenwald reflects on what his film accomplished, and what still needs to be done. Says he:
A lot has happened since releasing Outfoxed in 2004. But history has a way of moving in circles, if not exactly repeating itself. This June, as Iraq imploded into sectarian divisions, Fox was beating the old war drums again. As Hillary Clinton began her newest book tour, it has been pouncing on the presumed 2016 presidential candidate. As the Supreme Court just held that corporations have religious rights and employers do not have to include contraception in women's health plans, Fox taunts, "You got a problem with that?"  
But there's more to this than Fox's rants about Benghazi as the worst foreign policy crisis or their unending attacks on President Obama or the Clintons. They continue to weave a deeper narrative that's divisive and insidious. Their messaging that government is bad, that human nature is intrinsically more evil than good, that people should be afraid and paranoid, isn't journalism covering the news. It's a world view and narrative that is embedded in the identity and agenda of America's political right wing.
Read the rest from Greenwald here.

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