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Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)

Douglas Cheek , Walter Cronkite , Robert Greenwald  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Douglas Cheek, Walter Cronkite, Roger Ailes, Eric Alterman, Christiane Amanpour
  • Directors: Robert Greenwald
  • Producers: Robert Greenwald, Devin Smith, Jim Gilliam, Kathryn McArdle, Laurel Busby
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Disinformation Company
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HDXTQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" on IMDb

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  • Making-of featurette (30 mins.)

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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism uses the inflammatory tactics of the Fox News Channel to demonstrate the conservative bias that's handed down by Fox's owner, media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The documentary gathers interviews from media watchdogs and former Fox employees (including a former anchor, Jon Du Pre, who describes his flailing efforts to create a celebration for Reagan's birthday when the one he was sent to cover never materialized), but their overwhelming condemnation of Fox's skewed news practices isn't half as effective as footage taken directly from Fox itself--an appalling montage of pundit Bill O'Reilly telling guests to shut up; repeated efforts to paint Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry as weak and waffling, while President Bush is captured in respectful, reverent images; and management memos dictating language, subject matter, and point of view. Outfoxed is unlikely to persuade Fox News fans to change their views, but it may spur outraged liberals to take action. --Bret Fetzer

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"Fair and balanced"??? How about anything BUT?!?! For the first time ever, this documentary reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed."

"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.

"Outfoxed" first examines media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the Australian company, News Corp., tracing how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) helped Murdoch break the rules to establish a fourth network in the United States. The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person.

Media experts, including Jeff Cohen (FAIR), Bob McChesney and Chellie Pingree, provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society.

The team behind "Outfoxed" created a system to monitor Fox News 24 hours a day for months to discover exactly how its shows worked. A team of volunteers around the country scrutinized every hour of Fox News programming, noting examples of bias in its coverage. The result is an intense examination of Fox News and the lie inherent in its favorite motto: "Fair and Balanced."


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875 of 947 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FoXNews Lies Again July 20, 2004
Format:DVD
David Cole

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.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The television is mightier than the sword July 30, 2004
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First, an admission. The Fox News phenomenon is rather new to me. I haven't watched TV news in years, preferring to sift through the newspaper or the best I could find online from sources like Reuters and Associated Press. For me, the reason, outside of the annoying increase in commercials, was the endless parade of, "woe is me because the government ain't taking care of me" stories. Outside of headlines of the day, practically every "focus" story on the major networks had a definite left-wing bent. I couldn't stand the overriding feeling that I constantly was being told how I should think, or more accurately, that I shouldn't think at all. So I tuned out - and missed Fox's rise to fame or, I suppose I should say, notoriety.

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.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The News about the News July 27, 2004
Format:DVD
Even though I'm an ardent hater of Fox News Channel, Outfoxed could have been much better for several reasons. First, there were obvious examples of Fox's conservative bias that the program missed (the way the studio audiences for Linda Vester's Day Side always deride liberals and applaud conservatives, the way every email comment put up before the commercial breaks on The Big Story with John Gibson always slam liberals and the way Hannity and Colmes always opens with Newt Gingrich, William Bennett or Ann Coulter, when they never have guests on like, say, Noam Chomsky or Michael Moore).

Second, by having only liberal critics of Fox News Channel interviewed for the documentary, the documentary unwittingly gives credence to the conservative dictum that the mainstream media has a liberal bias (I put mainstream in quotes because more people watch Fox News Channel now than CNN or MSNBC combined -- therefore who is the real media elite now?). For instance, if director Robert Greenwald could have secured interviews with conservatives like William F. Buckley, Pat Buchanan, Matt Drudge or even William Kristol (who, because he is on the FNC payroll probably couldn't be asked), their views might have given this film more depth.

Third, a consideration of how other news outlets operates is necessary to show just how different Fox News Channel is from CNN, MSNBC, PBS or the Network News on ABC, CBS or NBC. If, as certain people suggest, CNN is the Clinton News Network, how is their practicing of journalism any different from Fox's? The documentary makes too many assumptions about what constitutes objective journalism. It ends up sounding like liberal journalism (I mean, this documentary is funded by moveon.org).
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's great because it reveals the problems with Fox but is ...
I use this when teaching my students visual rhetoric and design; it's very effective. It's great because it reveals the problems with Fox but is really guilty of the same crimes of... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by mandalea
5.0 out of 5 stars "Some say"
This video was most interesting because of what it pointed out about Fox that the average viewer might not catch. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Old movie fan
1.0 out of 5 stars One sided jargon
I had to get this video for a grad school class. Interesting that a video telling a story about a "one sided news source" is only telling one side of the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trippychick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fox News; hate mongers
All one needs to do, is to watch Fox on any day, at any time, and you will see one of their mouthpieces berating the President FOR SOMETHING. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Randy Owens
4.0 out of 5 stars FOX NEWS
I have used this documentary for years with my students. On the one hand, it give you a great insight into the media world created by Murdoch. Read more
Published 4 months ago by V. Tillman
3.0 out of 5 stars A View of Cable News From 2014
Some of the reviewers of this movie wanted Fox taken off the air. I ask them to read the first amendment. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Cimino
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells it All!
A great Expose on the thoroughly biased journalism practiced by Murdoch and Fox news. It should be required viewing by any regular Fox Channel patron.
Published 5 months ago by Ken in Virginia
4.0 out of 5 stars Suitably Terrifying
I had quite a conundrum when rating this work as the fact that it scared me only proved how well it was made--yet being scared is not something I particularly enjoy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by IM_LISTENING_QUICKLY
5.0 out of 5 stars good information video no how FOX news is a puppit of the Republican...
good information video no how FOX news is a puppit of the Republican party. Facts not required. Journialism not required.
Published 15 months ago by JJK
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth, like it or not.
It's amazing that we don't know that what we're watching on the "news", on some stations, is distorted so that we take on the opinion being given. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Julie Kidd
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