Fox News swung back Monday at the critical documentary "Outfoxed," as well as a New York Times Magazine article about the project. The film uses interviews with former employees and internal memos to paint the cable channel as favoring Republicans.
In statements distributed to reporters at a news conference held in New York to promote the film, Fox News accused the New York Times of cooperating with "illegal copyright infringement actions" and corrupting the "journalistic process."
The 80-minute film uses numerous clips from Fox newscasts and programs without permission.
Fox claims the New York Times gave the channel only one day to respond to the charges of bias made in "Outfoxed," and thus "took orders from a George Soros funded website," a reference to the liberal activist group MoveOn.org, a financial partner in the film.
Fox was given a week to comment for an article in Monday's Los Angeles Times, but declined to do so.
"If any news organizations decide to make this an anti-Fox News story, then all of their material becomes fodder immediately for possible out of context and biased documentaries," the statement read. Fox also questioned the credentials of the former employees interviewed in the documentary, calling them "low level" or incompetent. Some sources, it said, never worked for Fox News Channel, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.