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Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided. | Add synopsis »
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Pretty solid case, I hope somebody is paying attention See more (67 total) »

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Roger Ailes ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Alterman ... Interviewee

Christiane Amanpour ... Herself (archive footage)

Harry Belafonte ... Himself (archive footage)
David Brock ... Interviewee

Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Cameron ... Himself (archive footage)

George Carlin ... Himself (archive footage)
Neil Cavuto ... Himself (archive footage)
Douglas Cheek ... Narrator
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Clarke ... Himself
Jeff Cohen ... Interviewee
Alan Colmes ... Himself (archive footage)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself
Laurie Dhue ... Herself (archive footage)
Steve Doocy ... Himself (archive footage)
Jon Du Pre ... Himself
Susan Estrich ... Herself (archive footage)

Al Franken ... Himself (also archive footage)

Newt Gingrich ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeremy Glick ... Himself (also archive footage)
Sean Hannity ... Himself (archive footage)
Brit Hume ... Himself (archive footage)
Molly Ivins ... Herself (archive footage)

Peter Jennings ... Himself (archive footage)
Ted Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

John Kerry ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Kilmeade ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Malloy ... Himself (archive footage)

Rupert Murdoch ... Himself (archive footage)
John Nichols ... Himself

Bill O'Reilly ... Himself (archive footage)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)

Condoleezza Rice ... Herself (archive footage)

Geraldo Rivera ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Sheen ... Himself (archive footage)
Shepard Smith ... Himself (archive footage)

Jon Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)
Cal Thomas ... Himself (archive footage)
Greta Van Susteren ... Herself (archive footage)
Linda Vester ... Herself (archive footage)
Av Westin ... Himself

Directed by
Robert Greenwald 
 
Produced by
Laurel Busby .... co-producer
Jim Gilliam .... co-producer
Robert Greenwald .... producer
Kathryn McArdle .... co-producer
Devin Smith .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Nicholas O'Toole 
 
Cinematography by
James Curry 
Will Miller 
Glen Pearcy 
Richard Ray Perez  (as Richard Pérez)
Luke Riffle 
Bob Sullivan 
 
Film Editing by
Jane Pia Abramowitz 
Jovan Bell 
Douglas Cheek 
Chris M. Gordon 
Erin Kelly 
Monica Kowalski 
Hannah Williams 
 
Production Management
Jason Christopher Mercer .... post-production manager (as Jason Ajax Mercer)
 
Art Department
Ernesto Matamoros .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
David Hutten .... sound
Mark Jasper .... sound editor
Eugene E. Thompson .... sound mixer
Chris Winston .... post-production sound mixer
 
Editorial Department
Joachim Blunck .... colorist
 
Music Department
Assen Stoyanov .... music score mixer
 
Other crew
Nancy Anton .... researcher
Christina Bradley .... researcher
Ellen Brodsky .... researcher
Judy Daubenmier .... researcher
Chris Herrmann .... researcher
Melanie Killinger-Vowell .... researcher
Eleanor White .... researcher
Deborah Yesner .... researcher
 

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75 min | USA:78 min | Argentina:88 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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The movie's DVD release preceded its theatrical release. The film was initially distributed via internet DVD sales, but strong viewer demand led to a post-DVD theatrical release.See more »
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Bill O'Reilly:[after interviewing Jeremy Glick] This is our house here. If somebody comes to your house and begins spitting on the floor, you'd remove them!See more »
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35 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Pretty solid case, I hope somebody is paying attention, 25 December 2004
Author: scubergmu from Fairfax, Virginia

Outfoxed does an excellent job of diagnosing why people talk so much about the Fox News network. For while Fox has some of the highest ratings of any of the news networks, it is also commonly criticized for its not so "fair and balanced" programming. It is chronicled in this film how Fox succeeds in bringing in the viewers the same way that best-selling polemics and political talk radio do, they serve up to their audience heroes and villains. This method is so effective because the major issues facing this country and the world are generally very complicated, and require a reasonable amount of background information in order to make a sober judgments. However, most people have neither the time, nor the inclination for anything like that. Most do not follow politics to learn, to be challenged, or to take action, they simply want to feed their outrage. If their anger about the world around them can be explained away by blaming the people they already have ideological differences with, well that's just awesome. So, they often take refuge in the consistent, simplified, outrage-inducing commentary of their oh-so familiar talking heads. This, to me is the essence of Fox News. From its on-air discussion groups, to its choice of stories, as well as its evening talk shows, it is all about spoon-feeding people with stories of heroic conservatives, fighting to strengthen America against its enemies, both foreign (terrorists) and domestic (liberals). The film demonstrates how Fox news achieves this through a steady feed of news reporting that is highly regulated, intentionally biased, and aligned around a predetermined ideological slant.

As far as I'm concerned, to explain the behavior of FoxNews by saying that it is simply "standing up for the conservative perspective in a sea of mainstream media liberalism" as many conservatives do, is highly misleading. I believe one can rightfully stand up for any perspective they want, just so long as they aren't forced to resort to dishonest, intentionally biased reporting in order to make or bolster their case. In Outfoxed, director Robert Greenwald makes a very compelling case that Fox News, in the interests of carving out that niche for itself, does that far more than the other news networks.

However, since it is exposing the methods of a successful conservative organization, the conservatives who hear of Outfoxed will most likely write it off as nothing more than liberal propaganda. That to me is the ultimate problem with the polarized American political scene. Just about anyone who would be interested in the subject matter of this film as politically oriented as it is, has probably already made up their mind about Fox News one way or the other.

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