July 25, 2004 · Lessig
Roger Ailes on Outfoxed‘s use of clips (from an interview in Broadcasting & Cable, not available online):
Any news organization that doesn’t support our position on copyright is crazy. Next week, we could take a month’s worth of video from CNN International and do a documentary “Why does CNN hate America?” You wouldn’t even have to do the hatchet job Outfoxed was. You damn well could run it without editing. CNN International, Al-Jazeera and BBC are the same in how they report-mostly that America is wrong and bad. Everybody should stand up and say these people don’t have the right to take our product anymore. They don’t have a right to take a year’s worth of Dan Rather or Ted Koppel and edit it any way they want. It puts journalism at risk.
Notice the strategy: Rally the cartel to protect itself against the critics.
And the New York Post:
It’s a dangerous precedent.
Not just because it so badly twists the truth. Or violates copyright laws.
But also because it sets up every news outlet for the same low blow.
If The New York Times or CNN approve of this tack, then just wait until someone lifts an early draft of some Times piece or CNN’s out-takes.
No doubt, a double standard will kick in, and they’ll be up in arms.
But they’ll have been defamed nonetheless.
By now, Americans are used to these tricks of the Left � shady tactics for which the film’s sponsors, MoveOn.org and George Soros, are notorious.
But good people � good journalists � must stand up and deplore this trend. They should let Soros & Co. know that deception and outright theft transcend reasonable discourse.