This new IFC (Independent Film Channel) original series, produced by Meghan O'Hara (FAHRENHEIT 911 and SICKO) and Nick McKinney (The Daily Show and Morgan Spurlock's "30 Days"), reveals the truth behind the news. The thought-provoking series examines the current state of investigative journalism and how it affects our perceptions of the world around us.
1. Episode One - News Fixations and Taboos:
This Premiered Tuesday, November 18
In this episode, we look at news taboos – the issues the media can't figure out how to discuss and the ones they just can't stop talking about.
The News Loves Missing White Girls! (4min)
In this mini-feature, we follow a media consultant who brought us nearly two years of Natalee Holloway coverage as he works a new missing girl story in the media.
The Media Encyclopedia: Allegedly (2min)
In our weekly look at the tricks and tropes of the news trade, we examine the media's use and abuse of the word "allegedly" – that magical word that allows a reporter to report anything, even if its demonstrably untrue.
Israel: The Third Rail of American Journalism (10min)
Israel and Middle-East expert Mark LeVine explores the evolution of his own Jewish identity by digging into the American media's coverage of Israel. Mark talks to pro-Israel lobbyists and other experts on the subject to find out how the media's failure to critically examine America's relationship with Israel affects our foreign policy and our international standing.
News Junkie: Race in the News (2min)
In our animated viral segment, we enter the paranoid world of our News Junkie. Holed up in his apartment, surrounded by a constant flow of news-information, the Junkie this week ponders the media's use of correspondents based on the color of their skin.
Interview: Tucker Carlson (4min)
We sit down with Tucker Carlson and explore the polarization of the television news and its devolution into one big shouting match. Carlson talks about his own political beliefs and the trouble he's gotten into by not being afraid to piss off liberals and conservatives alike.
Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson is an American political news correspondent and commentator. Currently, Carlson is listed as MSNBC's Senior Campaign Correspondent, and appears regularly on Verdict with Dan Abrams as a panelist in political discussions.
Carlson most recently served as host of the MSNBC program Tucker. Carlson joined MSNBC in February 2005 from CNN, where he was the youngest anchor in the history of the network. While with CNN, he hosted a number of shows and specials, including the network's political debate program, Crossfire. During the same period, Carlson also hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS, Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered. As a magazine and newspaper journalist, Carlson has reported from around the world, most recently from Iraq and Lebanon. He has been a columnist for New York and Reader's Digest. He currently writes for Esquire, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic and The New York Times Magazine.
2. Episode Four - Unreliable Sources:
This Premiered Tuesday, December 9
This episode looks at the people and outlets that provide us the news, and asks: Who are they? Why should we trust them?
Wall Street (4min)
New Zealander Tim Wilson struggles to understand the American financial market and collective madness that led us all to believe in it. Looking back at previous crises, Wilson demonstrates that the current collapse was entirely foreseeable for anyone who was looking – but, unfortunately, the folks who deliver the financial news are more cheerleaders than reporters.
Who's Your Daddy (3min)
As a show, we at the The IFC Media Project are always telling you about the forces and influences behind the news. But what about the force behind our own show? In 3 minutes of animated fun, we drop the dime on our corporate ownership and reveal just who pulls the strings that make this show happen.
Atlantic Yards (10min)
New York has three major daily papers all competing for readers, advertisers and power. This should lead to great coverage of major stories – but in the case of one story at least, it hasn't. Atlantic Yards is one of the biggest real estate developments in the city's history, yet the three papers have barely scratched the surface. In this piece we examine how government collusion with the developer and the developer's business ties to the paper have resulted in a half-told story that's failed to serve the public interest.
News Junkie: TBD (2min)
Our viral animated and news addled Junkie checks in with the latest installment of his hilarious paranoid rantings.
Interview: The Yes Men (4min)
The Yes Men have made a career (and a couple movies) out of fucking with corporate bad guys and the news media that cover them. Playing pranks on everyone from the big oil companies to the New York Times, The Yes Men use humor and subterfuge to attack greed, environmental destruction, and shitty news coverage.
Sorry, but I don't have Episodes 2 & 3-hopefully they'll replay them soon. Episodes 5 & 6 will be coming shortly.
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