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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While the Fox News cable network has promoted itself as a "fair and balanced" news outlet -- so much so that they've even trademarked the phrase -- not everyone believes that they're living up to their slogan, and this activist documentary by filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a close look at the political perspective of Fox's coverage. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's WarSee more details below

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While the Fox News cable network has promoted itself as a "fair and balanced" news outlet -- so much so that they've even trademarked the phrase -- not everyone believes that they're living up to their slogan, and this activist documentary by filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a close look at the political perspective of Fox's coverage. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism examines the right-wing slant of Fox News' reporting, as represented in stories the network chooses to cover and their shoehorning of editorial opinion into stories, revealed in interviews with former Fox employees and several noted journalists (including Walter Cronkite) who discuss the pro-conservative, anti-Democratic views of the channel's management and how they're manifested in their programming. The film also puts talk show host Bill O'Reilly under the microscope and offers potent examples of his frequently abrasive interviewing style. Production of Outfoxed was supported in part by the leftist political action network Moveon.org.

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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:
07/29/2008
UPC:
0826262004590
Original Release:
2004
Source:
Disinformation
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
56,930

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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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
1. Godfather Intro [1:06]
2. Meet Rupert Murdoch [4:17]
3. FOX News Launches [3:08]
4. FOX News Memos [2:11]
5. FOX News Techniques [2:03]
6. Polling, Graphics and Music [2:11]
7. News, Commentary & Ad Libs [2:38]
8. Some People Say [1:27]
9. Experts [2:16]
10. Operation Character Assassination [3:06]
11. FOX Liberals [1:59]
12. Guests [1:23]
13. Stories They Cover, Stories They Ignore [1:45]
14. The Florida Recount [:56]
15. Reagan's Birthday [1:13]
16. Wedge Issues [2:51]
17. O'Reilly Takes On Guests [7:21]
18. Fear and War [4:28]
19. Happy Iraq [2:12]
20. PIPA/Knowledge Networks Poll [1:35]
21. Partisan Politics [2:29]
22. Election Night 2000 [3:24]
23. Bush vs Kerry [3:04]
24. Message of the Day [1:39]
25. Trashing John Kerry [1:56]
26. The Bush Economy [2:26]
27. The FOX Effect [2:08]
28. News Business [1:41]
29. A Call to Action [3:55]
30. Credits [4:16]

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