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Grasping at Straws?

Reported by Ellen - July 18, 2004 -

Those of us who have seen the Fox News memos in the movie Outfoxed can just imagine (with good reason) the Fox News executives issuing orders to discredit the movie in any way possible. Fox must be desperate for anything, just anything, to criticize in order to have come up with this item in the bottom third of its web article, dated July 15, by Roger Friedman, 'Outfoxed' Doc: Music by Mother Killer.

After a few snide remarks about the movie's NYC premiere, Friedman gets to the headline of his complaint: "that the final segments are underscored by the piano part of Derek and the Dominos' immortal song 'Layla,'... written and played by legendary session drummer Jim Gordon, currently serving a life sentence for murdering his own mother in cold blood with a hammer."

What is this tenuous connection supposed to demonstrate? That the whole movie is immoral? Come on.

Friedman concludes his piece with more innuendo by saying, "Presumably, Gordon will get a royalty from all DVDs of "Outfoxed" that are sold, although Clapton is the one who gets a "thank you" in the film's credits."

Actually, if Mr. Friedman bothered to do any research he would know that Eric Clapton granted permission to use the song at no charge (NY Times Magazine, July 11, 2004, page 23).

There are other inaccuracies in Friedman's piece. He starts by complaining that he wasn't allowed into the NYC premiere of Outfoxed earlier in the week, despite the fact that he was told later by "a spy" that there were lots of empty seats. He asks, "Did they not want someone from Fox in the auditorium?"

Was Friedman's spy a Fox News employee by any chance? Because I was in the audience that night and I recall someone being identified as a lawyer from Fox News. Also, while there were some empty seats for the panel discussion before the movie, all the seats were subsequently taken during the intermission before the film began.

Friedman goes on to say that the premiere was "a poorly run, botched event." How would he know if he wasn't there? From a spy? If so, he should make it clear that he's relying on second-hand information. Or was he just referring to the guest list (hardly the event, itself)?