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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I'll admit that I've never been a fan of FOX news. The few times I've watched it, I've been annoyed by its glossy, glitzy sensationalist approach to the news. Well, so much for that--I prefer to get my news via the internet. But the documentary OUTFOXED from director Robert Greenwald argues that FOX news is more than just a tacky news programme. According to the filmmaker, the FOX channel--owned by right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch--pipes propaganda into millions of homes throughout the world.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-hitting and well researched.... July 19 2004
I find it interesting how right-wing conservatives will attack this documentary apparently without having seen it. It is admittedly hard-hitting, but rightly so (pun intended!). Walter Kronkite and other respected journalists find FNC's tactics not only NOT "fair and balanced," but contrary to all good journalistic practice. One only has to see some of the exchanges between Bill O'Reilly and those guests with whom he disagrees to conclude that FNC's agenda is to serve as a 24/7 promotion of the Repulican agenda -- not to provide "fair and balanced" news.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Do the conservatives out there not realize that Clear Channel owns 4 out of the 5 news networks available? Liberal-biased my butt. Clear Channel is one of the largest consevative donators in the U.S.
Tom Hicks purchased the Texas Rangers from George W. Bush and other investors for $250 million. From an initial investment of $600,000 George W. profited $14.9 million on the transaction.
On January 22, 2001, President Bush designates Michael Powell, son of Secretary of State Colin Powell as Chairman of the FCC.
Tom Hicks then becomes Vice Chairman of Clear Channel Radio.
On June 2nd, 2003, FCC Chairman Michael Powell voted to loosen media ownership rules.
Clear Channel goes from owning 36 radio stations (two below the legal limit at the time) to over 1200!
Now, you know what this means, right?
If one media corporation owns more and more of the market, we the public get a narrower news perspecive. How are we as citizens supposed to make up our own mind when we're not given all sides of the story?
You should try following un-biased news station period. I watch FoxNews all the time at work and I am amazed at how suppress the liberal perspective all the time. You deny it, it's completely true.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FoxNews - How's THAT for an oxymoron! July 13 2004
By A Customer
What at one time could have been dismissed as an entertainment network, FoxNews has gathered a viewership that cannot be ignored. Which is very unfortunate since their coverage is anything but 'fair and balanced'. Their shows are full of angry men ranting about and whose testosterone level is only exceeded by their seeming hatred (for what we're never quite sure) of the evils of the liberal establishment (we're never quite sure who they are either, but we're led to believe its anyone who dare to question the just cause of the ultra-right wing of the Republican Party).
FoxNews - it would be laughable only if it weren't so dangerous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!! July 13 2004
By A Customer
Finally, someone shows on the screen exactly how Fox works! What I have never understood is how they (and others on their behalf) can claim not to be biased with a straight face. Any rational person will agree that they are blatantly biased -- and those who disagree are only fooling themselves and like the fact that Fox is biased. Another excellent movie that dissects the methods of both Fox and Al-Jazeera is "Control Room," and it is still in theaters. A book dealing with this general phenomenon of polarization of news sources is republic.com by University of Chicago Law Professor Cass Sunstein.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good July 13 2004
Pretty good doc, they do a great job of using Fox footage to get their point across. Frank Capra did the same thing during WWII when he used the Nazi's own films agaist them. The film makers definatly have an agenda, but seem to be on target with every film. I like the point that American's think goverment propganda is something that goes on in communist China, not here. If there ever was a case for someone's conspiracy theory views to actually make sense, this is it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A view into the Murdoch media empire
While I already knew a fair bit about the shady coverage Fox News engages in this documentary had bits of information I hadn't heard before. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dexter
2.0 out of 5 stars Golden Opportunity Missed
I was disappointed by this film. Liberal activists (much like conservative activists) have an annoying penchant in these types of exposes/critiques to preach to the choir, ignore... Read more
Published on March 7 2006 by SRM
4.0 out of 5 stars New version of Orwell's 1984
The only caveat to this dvd is it is not segmented into scenes so watching it is like watching a vhs tape without even the possibility of fast forwarding. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2004 by lanoie
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and rather informative
I ordered this movie because I believe that The Fox News Channel is doing a great disservice to America by preaching fair and balanced news. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Mike Coone
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty lopsided
I saw this at a moveon.org event in California. It's obvious this film is of the preaching-to-the-choir type. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by P. G Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Out-Outfoxed-Robert Greenwald's War on Fairness and Balance
This guy is just as bad if not worse than Michael Moore when it comes to unfair editing and context. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars They have medication fo help your affliction
To the last reviewer, my wife's a physician, and she tells me that Zyprexa is very effective in treating the paranoid schizophrenia which obviously afflicts you. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars How many negative reviewers actually WATCHED this?
I watched this last night, and really enjoyed what I saw. The director dissected Fox News on several points, showing the network's bias in favor of the Republican Party. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by S. Farnum
5.0 out of 5 stars Fox viewers victim to misinformation
A study was done last fall where people were asked three questions: (1) Do you believe evidence was found linking Iraq to Sept. 11? Read more
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows how FOX is just an extension of the Republican party
FOX's right wing, pro-Republican (as distinct from merely conservative) agenda is obvious just by watching two minutes of their broadcasting. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Spiral Highway
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