Wednesday, July 14, 2004 TINA BROWN

TINA BROWN ( "That's why if you're a Brit like me it's hard to get too riled up about Robert Greenwald's new documentary, 'Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism,' currently getting guerrilla distribution on the Web and slated for a bunch of Sunday night screening parties sponsored by The movie, which excited a packed panel discussion Tuesday night hosted by New School University's World Policy Institute, seeks to prove that Fox News's claim to be 'fair and balanced' is, to put it mildly, false advertising.
Like all good agitprop, 'Outfoxed' exists more to confirm dark hunches than to change minds. It's unlikely, after all, that passionate devotees of Bill O'Reilly are trawling West Side cocktail parties and gate-crashing screening events looking to have their minds changed. But this is the year when it's not enough to vote, you have to vote with your veins popping and your eyes bulging. Screeching to the choir is all the rage.
The Greenwald film does come up with some fun new horror stats for the left to sling around about Fox. 'Get this!' you can now holler across the table after seeing 'Outfoxed.' 'Thirty-three percent of Fox viewers believe the U.S. found weapons of mass destruction, compared with 11 percent of PBS/NPR viewers!' It also offers a memorable montage of O'Reilly's lamppost frame bearing down on a parade of squirrelly, second-rate liberal bookees and telling them to 'SHUT UP, I said shut UP' like the nightmare blowhard you can't escape in a beer-soaked bar. "


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