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

Unrated | | Documentary | 13 July 2004 (USA)
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.

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Credited cast:
Roger Ailes ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Alterman Eric Alterman ... Interviewee
Christiane Amanpour ... Herself (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Himself (archive footage)
David Brock David Brock ... Interviewee
Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Cameron Carl Cameron ... Himself (archive footage)
George Carlin ... Himself (archive footage)
Neil Cavuto Neil Cavuto ... Himself (archive footage)
Douglas Cheek Douglas Cheek ... Narrator
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Himself
Jeff Cohen Jeff Cohen ... Interviewee
Alan Colmes ... Himself (archive footage)
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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.

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Documentary

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Official Sites:

MK2 [France] | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outfoxed: La guerre de Rupert Murdoch contre le journalisme See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,054, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$237,277, 22 August 2004
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Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On 18 July 2004, a network of "house parties" premiered this film on DVD throughout the USA. The screenings were synchronized to begin at 9:20 PM Eastern time, and afterwards, a two-way communications link via computer was used to voice opinions and interview several of the people involved in the documentary's production. See more »

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Bill O'Reilly: In respect for your father, as a Port Authority...
Jeremy Glick: On September 14th, you want to know what I was doing?
Bill O'Reilly: Shut up! Shut up!
Jeremy Glick: Oh, please don't tell me to shut up.
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References The O'Reilly Factor (1996) See more »

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These Days
Written by Joey Cape (as Joey Cage)
Performed by Bad Astronaut
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An important documentary, raising issues with the American media questioned by media analysts for years.
17 December 2004 | by jaxeedSee all my reviews

I remember the first time I was confronted with Fox News, and their "news" content. At the time I was studying media in England and had read quite a bit about Rupert Murdoch's impact on global media, and how he was believed to have been boasting Thatcher and Thatcherism in the UK tabloid press when she was prime minister. As well as part of my studies we had been covering the subject of objectivity in news, and how this in actual fact is an impossibility considering that any process of selection will result in some degree of subjectivity. This does not necessarily mean the news journalists will be lying to promote their own opinions, but the process of selecting what to put emphasis on will easily result in supporting one ideology over another. As coming media journalists we were made aware of the subjectivity involved in everything down to the selection of which images to show and which not to when in the editing suites. Credible news journalists will necessarily have to be their own watchdogs, and be aware of his/her own perspective and thereby able to stop him/herself if portraying something inaccurately to boast the impact of the news story.

The first time I had a look at Fox News was soon after the 9/11 attacks. The terrible events of this day was very much featured in all the world media, and I was following the coverage from various media institutions studying the way they all approached the subject. It was very interesting to see how every channel reported the news in a slightly different way depending on the supposed ideology of the target audience. I even found variations according to time of day and day of the week. Naturally I was curious how the American media was covering this as well.

When confronted with Bill O'Reilly for the first time, I was simply wondering if this would be the last day of work for this guy, as he was throwing all of the responsibility one has as a news broadcaster out the window. Within only an hour of watching Fox News I had numerous notes on big "no no's" being performed right in front of me. If there was only one glitch, I would have been less shocked, being confident that the person responsible would be called into the producer's office for a serious talk. However, the charade just continued on and on, and I was shaking my head in despair wondering if ANYONE would actually take this as news. None on this network seemed to even attempt not to blurt out subjective comments, and covering all aspects of the conflicts seemed to be something none of these "journalists" was even considering.

Even though all news I had been following had variations, Fox News stood out as the absolute extreme by far. I guess most of Europe and especially those who have gone into the subject studying media, has known about this for quite some time already. Therefore I believe Outfoxed is a very important film for America, shedding light on some very questionable developments in the commercial media over there. This is a documentary, which means it's arguing a point opposed to what news media is supposed to do. It builds on facts that have been apparent for years, so the argument put forwards does have a strong root in reality, however harsh the critique might be perceived.

One does almost get a feeling this is too bad to be true when watching Outfoxed, but as any media knower will point out – American media and also Hollywood (producing films like Rambo) has for a long time been questioned in terms of attempting to lead their audience's opinion and obscure the perception of reality. I believe watching documentaries like Outfoxed results in big sighs of relief around the world, as it finally seems also America is realizing and focusing on these issues. Thumbs up to those who dared to make this documentary, and a pat on the back to those who has watched it and realizing the seriousness of the issues raised.


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