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ISSUE 118 VOL 4 PUBLISHED 10/8/2004

Outfoxed article not as fair as movie

By Melanie Meinzer
Contributing Writer


Friday, October 8, 2004

In the Oct. 1 article "Movie provides selective evidence," Chase Donaldson attempted to smear the documentary "Outfoxed," which recently received two screenings in Viking Theater sponsored by St. Olaf Peace and Justice.

To discredit "Outfoxed," a film about media consolidation and the politics of Fox News, Mr. Donaldson cited a 2003 study by professors from Stanford University and the University of Chicago that found that "all of the major news outlets except Fox News Special Report received a score to the left of the average member of Congress." Mr. Donaldson thinks this proves that CNN, MSNBC and the network news outlets have a "liberal bias."

Actually, in 2003, the average member of Congress was a Republican, so the only thing citing the Stanford/University of Chicago study proves is that Mr. Donaldson is champion conclusion-jumper.

Furthermore, from Mr. Donaldson's allegation that "'Outfoxed'... fans are not interested in the truth but are solely interested in pushing the liberal ideology," it is evident that he did not actually attend the screening of the film.

If he had, he would have seen that St. Olaf Peace and Justice distributed a bipartisan media information guide after each screening, urging audience members to seek a wide variety of news and information sources "from all sides of the political spectrum."

The guide included website listings for conservative news sources like Ann Coulter, Drudge Report and Rush Limbaugh, in addition to liberal sources such as Air America, Common Dreams, Michael Moore and mainstream sources like CNN, FOX News, the New York Times and the Washington Times. In short, it would be accurate to say that the Peace and Justice media information guide was more "fair and balanced" than anything Mr. Donaldson wrote in last week's Manitou Messenger.


- Carl Schroeder '05


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