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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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Robert Greenwald

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Cast

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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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Certain Murdoch-owned newspapers in Australia refused to run ads for theatrical screenings of the film claiming that the ads were "offensive". The newspapers were not satisfied with the ads until they were pared down to the bare title of the film (without the tagline "Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism"), the name of the theatre and the session time(s) with no accompanying artwork. See more »

Quotes

Bill O'Reilly: I'm not a right-winger, I believe in global warming!
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Connections

Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 1 February 2008 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Layla
Written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon
Performed by Derek & The Dominos (as Derek and The Dominos)
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Noble intentions behind it but a poor film
2 November 2005 | by writejustincanadaSee all my reviews

I don't think anyone who watches this movie or who actually pays attention to the world around them would argue that Fox News is truly "fair and balanced." This documentary sets out to prove in numerous ways how Fox News is a well rehearsed, talking-points-fed propaganda arm for the right wing.

The problem is not with the message but with the film-making. This movie is a glorified Power Point presentation. And thats putting it nicely. Most of the footage from Fox News is not even taken from broadcast quality sources but rather DVRs and clips from the internet. It looks and sounds HORRIBLE. The graphics (which is the bulk of the movie) are cheap, tacky, cheesy, and totally lessen the impact of the important points that are often being made.

I realize that those on the fringe, seeking change are not very popular and thus won't have millions to make a glossy movie. But that does not mean that if you take your time, plan, and above all be creative, you can't make a good movie. And thats the problem, this movie is all message and no craft. And to me, that sort of negates the purpose of documentaries. Because if it was ONLY about the message, then write an editorial in a major newspaper. Documentary film-making is about combining message and style, and using the two to heighten and sharpen one another. None of that happens here. I made stuff in high school with fart jokes in it shot on VHS that was better than this.


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