Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism - Fox Attacks Special Edition
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The genre-busting documentary hit that started the flood of issue-oriented documentaries is back, just in time for another crazed season of political news coverage in the build up to the 2008 presidential election. The original film is just as relevant and necessary today as it was in 2004, supplemented by over an hour of additional material, including the infamous Fox Attacks, a series of 18 short videos that continues the work started in Outfoxed, highlighting examples of Fox's biased, dishonest journalism. The videos were created to support campaigns, petitions, and legislation.
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.
About the Director
Robert Greenwald is the leading director of issue oriented documentary films, including Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Uncovered: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War, The Real McCain, and Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers.
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It seems to me that everyone "one-starring" and launching bitter accusations of "vicious liberal propaganda" and such HAVE NOT EVEN SEEN THIS MOVIE THEY'RE "REVIEWING"!
Of course, those who are already convinced about Fox's biased reporting are going the view this documentary more-or-less in the "favorable" column ... BUT at least most of those reviewers appear to be speaking from a point of "FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE" -- e.g., the "production value" of the DVD, the "important points not addressed" by the filmmakers, comments about "specific scenes" shown in the film, etc. Even some of those giving votes of "support" to this film are freely expressing certain criticisms they have with the film and/or the way it presents its message, but they seem to be able to do so legitimately because they have actually "SEEN" the film they are reviewing.
By severe contrast, virtually everyone who is talking stink about this film seems to be little more than just a bunch of knee-jerk reactionary trolls who are intent on nothing more than "flooding" the site with GENERALIZED negative remarks about the film without knowing the first thing about the film other than the fact that it paints Fox News and Bill O'Reilly in a bad light. Why not "SEE" the movie for yourself, then comment on the actual CONTENT of the film? Then, even if you choose to post an "unflattering" review of the documentary, at least you'll have something specific to point our attention toward, rather than expressing ignorance-driven indignation and spewing generalized B.S. about something you honestly know absolutely nothing about!!!
Please let the people who have actually SEEN the movie do the movie "REVIEWING"!
It's no secret that this simple technique has a very pronounced effect on the impression people have of what's important and what is not. J. A. C. Brown wrote about this in the 1950s in his Techniques of Persuasion when the memory of Nazi Germany and its use of the big lie was still fresh. As Outfoxed shows clearly, the network has these techniques down cold.
The documentary includes many interviews from former FOX television employees--some left, some were sacked, and some were eased out. But they all have the same story--participate in the party line, or you're out. Internal FOX memos are shown detailing how presenters are prompted to play up certain events and kill other stories. Various media watchdogs also appear--including Peter Hart from Fairness and Accuracy on Reporting (FAIR)--and these interviewees analyze the techniques FOX applies to its programming. And these techniques range from dirty (smear campaigns), nasty, hate mongering, and intimidation (Bill O'Reilly) to downright tricky. One of the best portions of the film shows O'Reilly 'interviewing' Jeremy Glick, the son of a man killed on 9-11. When Glick dares to voice an opinion, O'Reilly rudely shouts down his guest, and then subsequent footage show how the guest's comments were horribly distorted over an 11-month period.
According to the film, FOX news has its share in the responsibility of the fear mongering that took place in the build-up to the war. As part of a concerted Strategy of Tension, FOX hyped fears. After watching some of the footage, I was surprised the news presenters didn't sink to wearing gas masks while on air. In one segment, a former CIA agent--a guest on FOX--tells host Hannity that he's concerned that America may have problems with wars on two fronts--Iraq and Afghanistan. Hannity makes an inane comment and compares this situation to walking and chewing gum at the same time. It's obvious that the guest's comments are being managed (cut) in a way to limit his point.
But when one considers the responsibility FOX should have to offer accurate and fair news reporting, it makes me wonder how some people responsible for this nonsense can sleep at night. In one sequence, there's a news snippet stating that it's safer for soldiers on the streets of Iraq than it is living in California. I would have laughed out loud at this rubbish if it weren't so disgusting. (Earth-to-FOX news--no one in California has been blown up by IEDs.) But what's particularly upsetting is that millions of people who watch this stuff don't seem to realize that FOX has "eliminated journalism" and has instead become a mouthpiece for right-wing propaganda. According to one interviewee, FOX audiences tend to have comparatively "incorrect assumptions" about some of the myths of the Iraq war when compared to PBS/NPR audiences.
On the down side, FOX television aficionados probably won't get much out of this documentary--whereas those of us who chose to not watch FOX will be appalled. But perhaps watching this documentary will help some of us Non-FOX channel people understand where some of the hare-brained brainwashing comes from when our neighbours and workmates begin to spout their propaganda--displacedhuman
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