Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

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Director: Robert Greenwald

Cast: Robert Greenwald, Douglas Cheek, Eric Alterman, David Brock

     
 

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From producer/director Robert Greenwald and the upstanding crew at Disinformation comes Outfoxed, a scathing exposé on Rupert Murdoch's media empire and how his Fox News station has successfully crossed over from actual news to a full-fledged propaganda machine. The DVD includes the 77-minute film, plus a half-hour behind-the-scenes documentary that goes inSee more details below

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From producer/director Robert Greenwald and the upstanding crew at Disinformation comes Outfoxed, a scathing exposé on Rupert Murdoch's media empire and how his Fox News station has successfully crossed over from actual news to a full-fledged propaganda machine. The DVD includes the 77-minute film, plus a half-hour behind-the-scenes documentary that goes in depth on all aspects of the production, featuring interviews with the editors, producers, and graphic artists all the way to the fateful people whose job it was to monitor the network for an extended period. Also included is a trailer for another Greenwald production, Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War, the first in a trilogy of activist films that includes Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Elections and Unconstitutional: Civil Liberties After 9/11. One downside of the disc is the exclusion of any scene selections, though that is a minor complaint and shouldn't affect viewers upon their first viewing.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
This pointed documentary from veteran producer and filmmaker Robert Greenwald casts in distinctly unfavorable light the Fox News Network, fricasseeing its "fair and balanced" credo while claiming that the top-rated cable news operation functions as a publicity arm of the Republican Party and the administration of President George W. Bush. With funding from MoveOn.org and the Center for American Progress, Greenwald combines dozens of clips that support his assertions with observations from various left-leaning media watchers, including Walter Cronkite, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's Jeff Cohen (FAIR), Jeff Chester from the Center for Digital Democracy, and author David Brock. Additional interviews with former FNC employees and excerpts from internal Fox correspondence buttress Greenwald's positions, although no current employees and officials are interviewed.
All Movie Guide
This indictment of the Fox News Network is a raw but effective piece of work. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is a low-budget, low-tech affair that consists primarily of talking-head footage intercut with cleverly selected clips from Fox News. It's also a bit slanted: the only people interviewed are disgruntled former employees or media professionals who are critical of the Fox News Network to begin with. That said, Outfoxed never seems unfair or unreasonable in its criticisms because it makes its points in a quiet, rational fashion and more often than not provides footage to back up each one. Along the way, Outfoxed shows how hypocritical and malicious some of Fox News' on-air personalities can be (especially Bill O'Reilly) and reveals a lot of underhanded tricks used by the network to slant the news: a good examples of this kind of tactic is the way they have newscasters slip network-approved opinions into their reports by prefacing them with the phrase "some people say." In short, some people might be dissuaded by the inherent biases of Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, but the film offers enough solid information to make it well worth a viewing for anyone interested in how the modern news media works.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
UPC:
0826262000592
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Disinformation
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:50:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Douglas Cheek Narrator
Eric Alterman Participant
David Brock Participant
Wally Bowen Participant
Jeff Chester Participant
Jeff Cohen Participant
Mark Cooper Participant
Malkia Cyril Participant
John Dunbar Interviewee
Al Franken Participant
Clara Frenk Participant
David Goodfriend Participant
Peter Hart Participant
Larry Irving Participant
Gene Kimmelman Participant
Robert McChesney Participant
Mark Crispin Miller Participant
John Nichols Participant
Chellie Pingree Participant
Steve Rendall Participant
Bernie Sanders Participant
James Wolcott Participant
Av Westin Participant
Walter Cronkite Participant

Technical Credits
Robert Greenwald Director,Producer
Jane Abramawitz Editor
Laurel Busby Co-producer
Douglas Cheek Editor
James Curry Cinematographer
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Jim Gilliam Co-producer
Chris Gordon Editor
Dave Hutten Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Jasper Sound Editor
Kate McArdle Co-producer
William M. Miller Cinematographer
Nicholas O'Toole Score Composer
Glen Pearcy Cinematographer
Richard Perez Cinematographer
Luke Riffle Cinematographer
Devin Smith Co-producer
Robert 'Sully' Sullivan Cinematographer
Eugene Thompson Cinematographer

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