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Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

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Director: Robert Greenwald

Cast: 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 War


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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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.
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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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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

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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Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, someone has decided to portray Fox News Network as the Republican Lap Dog that they are... by providing us, the viewer, with an alternate look as to what goes on behind the scenes at FNN before any show and by giving us a glimpse at the concept 'business before journalism', hopefully, the public will open their eyes to the simple fact that media bias exists. They actually admit that it's cheaper to have two people going at each other than to find 'real' news. And that Fox's slogan 'fair and balanced' actually means a tipped scale in their favor at all times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this movie to be more poignant than Farenheit 911. It shows how the media, specifically FOX News can warp the views of so many americans. I find the points made here are more important than those in Farenheit 911 because it is very much the lies of the right wing media that allows and empowers the kind of behavior that is detailed in Moore's movie.
TheDoctor More than 1 year ago
This documentary effectively points out all instances of FNC bias, and gives you an insight as to what is behind the sham, most notably the Murdoch ties to Ronald Reagan and the Bush family. It shows their techniques very well, and how FNC reporters (a la Bill O'Reilly) keep their shows right-wing bias, especially with telling liberals to 'shut up' while letting the neocons explain their ideas fully and with respect. I would recommend this film to anyone, regardless of political belief. It is a great value, and it effectively does what it promises to do: expose FNC. This film fully exposes the charade and joke that FNC is. It does it so well, it may force their current fans to admit that their favourite news channel is anything but 'Fair and Balanced.' Recommended websites: www.foxattacks.com www.newshounds.us
Zegon More than 1 year ago
"with funding from moveon.org," which is a far left wing organisation. They have no problems with what NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC reports because they are also left wing. But Fox that may seem right wing only because they aren't ultra left like the others. Since I have started watching Fox, I at first felt they were biased. After watching for years, and comparing to what others were reporting, I now know Fox is the only one REPORTING the news, and not REPEATING what others with an agenda want the public to hear. This docucommentary is a joke and biased from the start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago