Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism - Fox Attacks Special Edition
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Each Fox Attacks short is supplemented by illuminating commentary exclusive to this DVD from Robert Greenwald and the producers of the films.
Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a race to the bottom in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.
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Iinnocuously enough. On Monday, June 21, a producer from Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor called to ask me to appear as a guest that evening to comment on a front-page story in the New York Times claiming that the Bush Administration had overstated the value of intelligence gained at Guant?namo and the dangers posed by the men detained there. I'm generally not a fan of shout-television, and I had declined several prior invitations to appear on O'Reilly's show, but this time I said yes. Little did I know it would not only be my first time, but also my last.
I sat in the Washington studio as the taping of the show began in New York with a rant from Bill O'Reilly. He claimed that "the Factor" had established the link between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, and then played a clip from Thomas Kean, head of the Senate's 9/11 Commission, in which Kean said, "There is no evidence that we can find whatsoever that Iraq or Saddam Hussein participated in any way in attacks on the United States, in other words, on 9/11. What we do say, however, is there were contacts between Iraq and Saddam Hussein. Iraq, Saddam--excuse me. Al Qaeda."
I was impressed. O'Reilly, who had announced his show as the "No Spin Zone," was actually playing a balanced soundbite, one that accurately reported the commission's findings both that there was no evidence linking Saddam and 9/11, and that there was some evidence of contacts (if no "collaborative relationship") between Saddam and Al Qaeda. Maybe all those nasty things Al Franken had said about O'Reilly weren't true after all.
But suddenly O'Reilly interrupted, plainly angry, and said, "We can't use that.... We need to redo the whole thing.Read more ›
How surprised was I to skim through the channels and discover this upstart news channel that wasn't, well, boring! Flashy graphics, hot news babes and, best of all, people who weren't afraid to mix it up with their guests. No more pandering and slobbering on the mic (Larry King) to get a guest. If you started mouthing off, getting off track, or just being an idiot in general, they would flat-out tell you to shut up (O'Reilly). Sure, there was a definite right-wing slant, you'd have to be a moron not to realize that. Some are so far right they may have fallen off (Hannity). I didn't care. I was hooked! Then, slowly, after a couple of months of viewing, I started realizing something.
Those on the right never, ever, lose.
This was already in the back of my mind, but it never became clearer than at Fox's recent coverage of the Democratic Convention.Read more ›
Some of the people interviewed for this video were former Fox employees. Some may have an agenda, but some may be revealing the truth about Fox's penchant for slanting the news to favor conservative views. As one of the interviewees charged, the liberal counterpoints they generally have on the air, were nobodies. Alan Combes, the supposed counterweight to Sean Hannity is like pitting the Washington Generals against the Harlem Globetrotters. (Guess who wins!) The video correctly intimates Hannity lacks the cohonas and wits to take on Michael Moore, Joe Conason, or an Al Frankel. (Hmmmm. Why did Hannity cancel that debate in Colorado with Michael Moore, anyway?) From what I have seen on Fox, the liberal counterpoints are no one I recognize.
Greenwald cleverly creates clip after clip of Fox editorializing guests and news with comments like,"Some people say he's trying to sell a book." Implication? Richard Clarke, who is particularly unkind to the Bush administration in his book "Against All Enemies," was sacrificing truth for profit. Of course, Fox never got more specific about who the "some people say" were.
Bill O'Reilly is also grist for Greenwald's mill demonstrating for anyone to see that Bill will say something on the air, and then deny it with pathological amnesia. His signature example was telling a viewer that he only told one person to shut up on the air.Read more ›
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This tells it the way it is. Fox is nothing more than a propaganda network.Published 1 month ago by Gene W. Devaux
Like any documentary, it has a definite slant, albeit one with which I happen to agree. I would have given it 4 stars, but the audio & video aren't synched so I gave it 3.Published 5 months ago by Bryan
From the movie:
"And this is an extraordinarily disturbing trend for the media, I mean for any self respecting journalist. Read more
I didn't learn a thing watching this. Water is wet. The sky is blue. Fox News is far right punditry thinly disguised as news. Read morePublished 8 months ago by NoOneYouKnow
horrible service! first time streaming with Amazon and the voice and video where a good 15 seconds off. Couldn't even watch it.Published 10 months ago by NANCY VAN VLECK
The film is well done but the streaming on Amazon is a problem. Might be better to buy the disk.Published 11 months ago by EDW