It’s been a busy summer at Disinformation’s New York office. The book publishing business has an insanely long lead-time so we’re already working on next summer’s books, not to mention planning the production of a new disinformation documentary, etc. Life goes on outside of course, and today one of our favorite movie producers, Robert Greenwald, is back in the news. While Robert’s having a year off so far as feature length docs are concerned (the last one was Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers, in the fall of 2006) he and his amazing team at Brave New Films have been incredibly active.
The BNF gang has been creating viral attack videos and posting them on YouTube and other video sites, with amazing success. They are attracting a lot of attention; U.S. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid says:
I want to congratulate Robert Greenwald and the Brave New Films team on the launch of their progressive video blog. Judging from their tremendous track record in bringing important issues to the attention of the public, through films such as ‘Iraq For Sale,’ I am confident that this site will play an important role in facilitating the internet’s ongoing democratization of America’s political discourse.
Monday’s New York Times carried an article all about Robert’s new “Fox Attacks: The Environment” short. The Times says the short
has been viewed more than 380,000 times since it was posted on YouTube on July 9. Like his feature-length “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism,” the video highlights Fox News clips, in this case experts claiming that global warming caused by pollution is, among other things, a “hoax.”
The article explains how BNF and other activists are pressuring self-acclaimed “green” company Home Depot to stop advertising on eco-unfriendly Fox News Channel.
In case you’ve forgotten (or missed it originally), Disinformation scored a major success in 2004 distributing Greenwald’s movie Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War On Journalism. Greenwald succeeded in changing the public’s but perhaps more importantly, advertisers’ perception of FNC.
Now he’s doing it all over again, which is just as well considering that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has succeeded in its attempt to buy Dow Jones, presumably to use it as yet another political mouthpiece to spread Murdoch’s actively Republican agenda.
Gary Baddeley, publisher