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MSNBC Gives Platform to Filmmaker Who Lied About Breast Cancer Scare

Journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer is releasing a new short film that draws attention to the scaremongering and deceptive tactics of anti-fracking activists.

GasHoax will be released on Thursday, October 1 on the news site Breitbart.com to coincide with the premiere of a new Josh Fox film, GASWORK, which McAleer describes as "a zero credibility film because it comes from filmmaker Josh Fox who has a history of health hoaxes regarding fracking."

GasHoax will go live at 9 a.m. Eastern so the public can know the truth about Josh Fox before his new film airs on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes at 8 p.m.

GasHoax highlights how many of Fox's claims have been debunked, and it criticizes journalists for continuing to report new claims despite Fox's record of unethical and misleading journalism.

"Journalists should reject all of Fox's claims about fracking and health until he corrects the record and apologizes for his notorious film, The Sky Is Pink, which claims that fracking causes breast cancer—a claim rejected by all leading cancer experts," McAleer said.

McAleer has a history of challenging Fox on his unethical journalism, producing the acclaimed FrackNation documentary to counter Fox's Gasland film which started the anti-fracking movement. Gasland contains the now infamous "flaming faucet" scene—which Fox has since admitted was deceptive. Fox withheld evidence showing that fracking was not responsible for the flaming faucet because he had decided it was "not relevant."

Fox's subsequent short film, The Sky Is Pink, has emerged as Fox's most egregious hoax. In the film Fox claims that breast cancer spiked when fracking started in the Barnett Shale region of Texas.

“Fox's breast cancer claim was widely reported by the mainstream media but has since been dismissed as nonsense by every respected cancer expert in the region," McAleer said. "Fox has never corrected the record or apologized for scaring women and families."

After the film was released, the Associated Press interviewed cancer experts in the area who debunked Fox's claim.

According to the Associated Press, Simon Craddock Lee, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and David Risser, an epidemiologist with the Texas Cancer Registry, said their research did not show an increase in breast cancer after fracking came to the area.

When challenged by the Associated Press about his breast cancer claims, Josh Fox produced no evidence to back up his scaremongering except that it had been "widely reported."

McAleer said that MSNBC and the Chris Hayes show, which is premiering Fox's latest "health and fracking" film, should not give Fox a platform until he clears up his previous fraudulent claims in The Sky Is Pink.

"Josh Fox is an unethical journalist. Everyone knows that except Chris Hayes and MSNBC apparently," McAleer said. "They need to ask him tough questions, not give him a platform so he can scaremonger and spread fear."

McAleer said that the first question Chris Hayes should ask Fox is if he stands by the claims made in The Sky Is Pink—and if he doesn't, if he's going to withdraw and apologize for the fake breast cancer claims?

"That would be real journalism. The people of America deserve it," McAleer added.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, said "Shining a light on corrupt media and unethical journalism is part of a long tradition at Breitbart.com so we are delighted to host the premiere of GasHoax, a film that does just that."

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EDITORS NOTES


MCALEER'S BIO
Phelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist. He most recently produced and directed FrackNation - a documentary to uncover the truth about Fracking. He has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries. Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for The Economist. Before that he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times. He has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada and China. McAleer has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including Fox News, CNN and the BBC. He has been interviewed on over 100 US and international radio shows.


ABOUT FRACKNATION
FrackNation was acquired by and premiered on AXS TV, owned by a maverick billionaire Mark Cuban. It was subsequently picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and is now available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and VOD. The movie was financed through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It raised $212,000 in 60 days and was one of the most successful documentary campaigns ever funded through Kickstarter.   The New York Times described FrackNation as "provocative and meticulously researched." 

MSNBC Gives Platform to Filmmaker Who Lied About Breast Cancer Scare

Journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer is releasing a new short film that draws attention to the scaremongering and deceptive tactics of anti-fracking activists.

GasHoax will be released on Thursday, October 1 on the news site Breitbart.com to coincide with the premiere of a new Josh Fox film, GASWORK, which McAleer describes as "a zero credibility film because it comes from filmmaker Josh Fox who has a history of health hoaxes regarding fracking."

GasHoax will go live at 9 a.m. Eastern so the public can know the truth about Josh Fox before his new film airs on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes at 8 p.m.

GasHoax highlights how many of Fox's claims have been debunked, and it criticizes journalists for continuing to report new claims despite Fox's record of unethical and misleading journalism.

"Journalists should reject all of Fox's claims about fracking and health until he corrects the record and apologizes for his notorious film, The Sky Is Pink, which claims that fracking causes breast cancer—a claim rejected by all leading cancer experts," McAleer said.

McAleer has a history of challenging Fox on his unethical journalism, producing the acclaimed FrackNation documentary to counter Fox's Gasland film which started the anti-fracking movement. Gasland contains the now infamous "flaming faucet" scene—which Fox has since admitted was deceptive. Fox withheld evidence showing that fracking was not responsible for the flaming faucet because he had decided it was "not relevant."

Fox's subsequent short film, The Sky Is Pink, has emerged as Fox's most egregious hoax. In the film Fox claims that breast cancer spiked when fracking started in the Barnett Shale region of Texas.

“Fox's breast cancer claim was widely reported by the mainstream media but has since been dismissed as nonsense by every respected cancer expert in the region," McAleer said. "Fox has never corrected the record or apologized for scaring women and families."

After the film was released, the Associated Press interviewed cancer experts in the area who debunked Fox's claim.

According to the Associated Press, Simon Craddock Lee, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and David Risser, an epidemiologist with the Texas Cancer Registry, said their research did not show an increase in breast cancer after fracking came to the area.

When challenged by the Associated Press about his breast cancer claims, Josh Fox produced no evidence to back up his scaremongering except that it had been "widely reported."

McAleer said that MSNBC and the Chris Hayes show, which is premiering Fox's latest "health and fracking" film, should not give Fox a platform until he clears up his previous fraudulent claims in The Sky Is Pink.

"Josh Fox is an unethical journalist. Everyone knows that except Chris Hayes and MSNBC apparently," McAleer said. "They need to ask him tough questions, not give him a platform so he can scaremonger and spread fear."

McAleer said that the first question Chris Hayes should ask Fox is if he stands by the claims made in The Sky Is Pink—and if he doesn't, if he's going to withdraw and apologize for the fake breast cancer claims?

"That would be real journalism. The people of America deserve it," McAleer added.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, said "Shining a light on corrupt media and unethical journalism is part of a long tradition at Breitbart.com so we are delighted to host the premiere of GasHoax, a film that does just that."

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EDITORS NOTES


MCALEER'S BIO
Phelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist. He most recently produced and directed FrackNation - a documentary to uncover the truth about Fracking. He has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries. Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for The Economist. Before that he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times. He has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada and China. McAleer has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including Fox News, CNN and the BBC. He has been interviewed on over 100 US and international radio shows.


ABOUT FRACKNATION
FrackNation was acquired by and premiered on AXS TV, owned by a maverick billionaire Mark Cuban. It was subsequently picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and is now available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and VOD. The movie was financed through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It raised $212,000 in 60 days and was one of the most successful documentary campaigns ever funded through Kickstarter.
 
The New York Times described FrackNation as "provocative and meticulously researched."