Fox Made Propaganda Films for Hitler

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German historian Hans Mommsen has published a study called The Rise and Fall of Weimar Democracy. A German subsidiary of Fox News Channel’s corporate ancestor, called Fox Films, actually intervened in national elections in Germany.

Fox News is the media outlet that promotes the right wing extremist candidates

Here is a quote from the study:

“There was nothing that escaped the ingenuity of Nazi propagandists. A case in point was the use of film. Under Goebbels’ influence the party had begun to exploit the potential of the political propaganda film to an unprecedented extent as early as 1930. Such films were shown mostly in places where Hitler and other prominent party leaders were not able to appear as speakers. For the manufacture of outdoor sound film, the NSDAP turned to an American company, Twentieth Century Fox.”

Fox Helped Hitler’s Voice to Reach Many Germans for the First Time:

“…Der Führer (The Leader) was one of two sound films subsidized by Fox Tönende Wochenschau. Released on April 13, 1932, it was originally titled Volk und Führer (Nation and Leader). It was a relatively short film, 263 meters long, but it provided many people with their first opportunity to hear Hitler speak. These films were accompanied by an apparently popular tide which enabled their wider dissemination. In his diary on March 6, 1932, [Nazi propaganda boss Joseph] Goebbels noted: ‘We now also win the movie theater for our propaganda.’”

Using this technology he was able to gain tremendous influence throughout Germany eventually taking over. Six months after he gave a powerful speech, Hitler seized power as chancellor and began consolidating his power as dictator. All this thanks in part to Fox Movietone News.

One big fan of Fox Movietone News was the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who was given the opportunity to make one of his famous bravura speeches for the Fox camera. In one film he spoke in English and directly to an American audience:

“Your talking newsreel has tremendous possibilities. Let me speak through it in twenty cities in Italy once a week and I need no other power.”

The last Fox Movietone newsreels appeared in the United States in 1963. According to the Wikipedia article on Movietone News, parts of the Fox Movietone newsreel collection are still “owned and managed by the Fox Film Corporation’s corporate successor (and namesake), Fox News Channel.