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Friday
Oct022015

FrackNation - "GasHoax" Premiere Counters Fracking Health Hoaxes

 

GasHoax Premiere Counters Fracking Health Scares

New film by Phelim McAleer premiered today on Breitbart.com

Journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer released a new short film today, GasHoax, that draws attention to the scaremongering and deceptive tactics of anti-fracking activists--specifically Josh Fox, director of Gasland and the new short GASWORK.

GasHoax was released this morning on the news site Breitbart.com to coincide with the premiere of Josh Fox's GASWORK on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes at 8 p.m. tonight.

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.

"Why is MSNBC giving him a national platform without asking him some hard questions?" McAleer asked. "Fox's new film is going to claim that fracking is injuring, poisoning, and even killing those working in the oil and gas industry. As usual, the facts tell a completely different story."

In an article on Breitbart.com that elaborates on why he made GasHoax, McAleer wrote:

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, despite the oil and gas boom adding hundreds of thousands of new workers to the industry, there has been no corresponding spike in the proportion of injuries or deaths. The figures go up and down every year but the trend is downwards even as the number of workers goes up. In terms of sick days, you’re more likely to be off work because of sickness if you are a teacher than in the oil and gas industry. The hospitality industry is also more damaging to your health. Even Josh Fox’s sector – the entertainment industry - has a worse employee sickness record."
 

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.

"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."

Watch GasHoax on Breitbart.com.

 

Wednesday
Sep302015

FrackNation - Another Health Hoax from Gasland's Josh Fox 

 

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."
Saturday
Oct252014

FrackNation - THE TRUTH about fracking comes to Denton amid anti-fracking vote

A “pro-fracking” documentary is to have a public screening in Denton in the run up to the controversial attempt to ban fracking in the the town.

FrackNation is the result of a two year investigation into the issue by veteran journalist Phelim McAleer who faced lawsuits, bogus 911 calls and gun threats as he looked for evidence of many of the claims made by anti-fracking campaigners.

The screening will take place at 5pm on Oct. 28th at the University of North Texas in Denton and McAleer is coming to the town to answer questions about his film after the screening.

“It's the first time I will be in Denton and I'm really looking forward to it,” said McAleer. "I'm particularly glad to be speaking at UNT, as this seems to be the center of the anti-fracking movement in the area."

Much of FrackNation was filmed in Texas and looks at some of the frauds and bogus claims forwarded by anti-fracking campaigners in the state.

The normally anti-fracking New York Times described FrackNation as “meticulously researched.. and provocative”. FrackNation looks at claims made by Calvin Tillman, the former Mayor of Dish, TX, who maintains that fracking harmed his children and other residents in the town.

The documentary revealed that Tillman's “scientific results” were actually compiled by Alisa Rich, a fraudster who falsely claimed to have a PhD and to be an engineer. A court also found that she had compiled a fraudulent video to push an anti-fracking lawsuit to force a company to settle a bogus claim.

“I am so looking forward to coming to Denton, especially at this crucial time when people need clear, reliable journalism to help them make up their mind about this important issue,” said McAleer who has worked as a crime reporter and investigative journalist in several countries including Ireland, Romania, Vietnam, Madagascar and Indonesia.

“At the moment muchof what is being circulated about fracking is being promoted by ideologues who have no reservations about pushing inaccurate or just plain fraudulent information. It's time for the truth about fracking to get an airing in Denton.”

"The screening is open to the public and I want to hear peoples questions and I want to answer them all with the truth – not exaggerations,” he added.

North Texas College Republicans Club will be hosting the screening:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00 pm
UNT Business Leadership Building
Room 073
1307 West Highland Street
Denton, Texas 76201
 

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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."
Thursday
Oct232014

FrackNation - Sparks sure to fly at McAleer/Tillman debate 

Los Angeles 10-22-2014
 

SPARKS are set to fly with a debate about fracking between a veteran filmmaker and journalist and a vocal anti-fracking activist in Dallas.

The no doubt heated debate between Phelim McAleer and Calvin Tillman comes after McAleer has released a documentary and a video questioning key facts behind Tillman's activism.

The debate is set to start at 7pm at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute in Dallas on Monday Oct 27th. It comes at a crucial time, as the nearby town of Denton prepares to vote on whether to ban fracking - the first such vote in the state.

Phelim McAleer – a veteran journalist who directed and produced FrackNation, a documentary investigating many anti-fracking claims– said he was looking forward to exposing the truth about fracking and exposing those who are now making a lucrative living peddling misinformation that a number of courts have found to be fraudulent.

“After we exposed Calvin Tillman, he issued the challenge for a debate (rather than address the serious matters raised about the fraudulent findings). Then he tried to back out – breaking promises to pay for return airfares, changing venues etc – hoping I would walk away - but I'm not going to let him get away with peddling misinformation. I'm really looking forward to bringing the truth to Dallas and to those who still believe the frauds being promoted by Tillman.”

Calvin Tillman is the former Mayor of Dish, Texas who featured in the anti-fracking documentaries Gasland and Gasland II claiming that fracking had polluted his town, had made his children ill and could lead to cancer.

Phelim McAleer's investigations have revealed that the “evidence” touted by Tillman to push his anti-fracking campaign was gathered by a fraudster who had made up her qualifications.

Several courts found Tillman based all his very dramatic claims on one air study carried by Alisa Rich. Rich, the sole proprietor of Wolf Eagle Environmental Engineers and Consultants LLC.

However, these judges found that Alisa Rich:

1) fraudulently claimed to have a PhD

2) fraudulently claimed to be a qualified engineer

3) and in a separate case, she has arranged and filmed a fraudulent video to try and extort a company to settle a damages claim

McAleer – who has worked as a crime reporter and investigative journalist in several countries including Ireland, Romania, Vietnam, Madagascar and Indonesia – said he is looking forward to revealing the truth behind much of the anti-fracking activism.

“These are well-funded campaigns based on fraud, exaggerations and lucrative lawsuits. Mostly they scare people and often children, but have no basis in reality. I want to expose these people who think nothing of scaring children to push an agenda. It's despicable and I look forward to exposing it to the world.”

“I urge everyone to join me in Dallas on Monday to add their questions to a growing list that Calvin Tillman refuses to address.”

The debate which is open to the public will take place between 7pm-8:30pm at

Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute

Building H, Room H114

3939 Valley View Lane

Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX 75244-4997

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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."
Wednesday
Oct152014

Fracknation - VIDEO: Calvin Tillman runs away from fraud questions 

CALVIN Tillman, a prominent anti-fracking activist, has said he will still rely on a fracking study compiled by a company with a CEO who admitted fraudulently claiming to be a qualified engineer and to have a PhD.

 
After being questioned by journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer, Tillman did not challenge several court findings that his "expert" was a fraudster but also said the would continue to use her "findings" to push his anti-fracking message.
 
You can see McAleer's attempt to get Tillman answer questions about the fraudulent scientist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epo-s8rLML4&feature=youtu.be
 
In an attempt to stop the questions, Tillman's supporters attacked McAleer with anti-immigrant insults (McAleer is Irish) and even called the police. The police refused to take any action stating that it was not illegal to ask questions.
 
Calvin Tillman is the former Mayor of Dish Texas who has been claiming that fracking and gas processing in the area has poisoned his children and local townspeople. He is now a full-time anti-fracking activist.
 
However, it has emerged in a number of court cases that the scientific study Tillman relied upon to push his claims was compiled by a multiple fraudster.
 
A series of court hearings and judgements found that the tests and the results were put together by Alisa Rich of Wolf Eagle Environmental Engineers who:
 
 
 
 
McAleer - a journalist and filmmaker - has produced and directed FrackNation, an investigative documentary that examined many of the environmental claims about tracking and found most of them to be, disproved by science, exaggerated or fraudulent.

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."

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.