'Fox Wants War With Iran,' Liberal Activist Insists
July 7, 2008 - 8:06 PM
(CNSNews.com) - Filmmaker and liberal political activist Robert Greenwald is taking another shot at Fox News Channel, accusing the cable network of "continued warmongering."
"Fox wants war with Iran," Greenwald says on his Web site, and he's urging other news networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN -- "not to follow Fox down the road to war again."
On Wednesday, Greenwald and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were spreading the word, through a conference call, about a new viral ad campaign to expose what Fox News supposedly is doing. (Viral ad campaigns depend on people passing along a marketing message -- in this case, Greenwald's anti-Fox video -- voluntarily.)
According to Greenwald, Fox News engaged in "daily fear-mongering" in the days leading up to the war with Iraq, serving as a media cheerleader for the U.S.-led war.
"The 24/7 images, sound effects, yelling and threatening were an ever-present drumbeat for war," Greenwald said on his Web site. "We had to invade, and we had to invade now...anyone who didn't see that was a traitor. They (Fox News) viciously attacked those of us who worked to get out the truth," Greenwald said.
Greenwald's "viral" video, called "Fox Attacks: Iran," offers a side-by-side comparison of soundbites and video clips that aired on Fox in the days leading up to the Iraq War with recent Fox News soundbites and clips focusing on Iran.
The filmmaker says Fox -- which commands a much smaller audience than the network news shows do -- intimidated other TV networks into following its pro-war lead. (His video shows CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour saying, "My station was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News.")
"Please pssst the video and forward it to everyone you know," Greenwald says on his Web site.
"This is a critical moment, and we must send a message to the major television networks urging them to ask tough questions, be skeptical, and tell us what is really happening."
Toward that end, Greenwald has put together an open letter to the networks, reminding them not to "blindly follow Fox down the road to another war."
The letter, which Greenwald's supporters are urged to sign, reminds the networks of their "sacred responsibility to the American people to provide accurate and reliable information."
Greenwald is the director/producer of "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers" (2006), which he describes as "an expose of what happens when corporations go to war." He also produced a film on Wal-Mart's "assault on families and American values."
And he describes his 2004 film "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" as an expose of "the right-wing opinion factory known as Fox 'News.'"
Lately, Greenwald has concentrated on a series of short viral videos, including "Fox Attacks: Obama" and "The Real McCain," which he says were seen online by more than 70,000 people within weeks of distribution.
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