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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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Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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

The director, Robert Greenwald, used a clip from Eric Clapton's song "Layla" for the film's closing credits in a rough edit, and then read in a magazine interview that Clapton had a long-standing hatred of Rupert Murdoch. He approached Clapton for permission to use the song in the film, and he granted its use... for free. See more »

Quotes

Bill O'Reilly: I'm not a right-winger, I believe in global warming!
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References The O'Reilly Factor (1996) See more »

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Layla
Written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon
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Low on budget and style but high on information and impact
6 November 2004 | by FilmOtakuSee all my reviews

'Outfoxed', directed by Robert Greenwald is a documentary examining the institution known as the Fox News Channel, a cable news network that is as fierce in its conservative agenda as it is about denying said agenda. Greenwald dissects the channel and disproves their credo 'Fair and Balanced' with interviews by former Fox News employees, media watchdog groups, anonymous sources and plenty of Fox's own footage. Through these various sources, Greenwald aims to prove that the obvious conservative slant that poses as 'fair and balanced' is the king of the mountain on a dangerous slippery-slope.

In 'Outfoxed', Greenwald more than backs up his assertion, and is able to do it with an obviously low budget. (You have to love the Power Point-esque captions and scene breaks) But the most compelling aspects of the documentary are the interviews and footage itself. Because of the near-dictatorship status of its owner, Rupert Murdoch, there is an obvious sense of danger surrounding the former employees who appear on camera; because it is clear that their current jobs could be in danger just for speaking out about the proceedings at the channel. This fear is most exemplified by the three former employees who not only refuse to talk on camera, but won't talk unless their voices are obscured as well. Probably the best coup was getting veteran journalist Walter Conkrite to speak out on the subject, because even his brief time on the screen lends a definite air of respectability and trueness to the subject. Of course, the footage is amazing, particularly the pieces on Bill O'Reilly. Not having seen Fox News (I chose to ignore it in the past) I knew he was a blowhard by reputation only, but watching the way he treats his guests was enough to make my blood boil.

The film 'Outfoxed' was made with the help of various grass-roots organizations; one of them being MoveOn.org, and the last ten minutes of the film examines what the average outraged viewer can do to take action against this kind of dirty journalism. Without seeing the film, one could construe this as an unnecessary addition, or a 'bleeding heart liberal' moment, but once one looks at the ramifications of the actions of the network, particularly in this fairly precarious political climate we exist in today, I very firmly feel that the call to action was not only warranted but necessary. I watched the film twice in one afternoon because, after being completely outraged the first time, I had to take it and show it to my boyfriend a couple of hours later. While there were times I was so aghast at the lies and dirty journalism I laughed, the truth is that this subject is anything but funny, and 'Outfoxed' is a good, (and short) documentary that should be watched, particularly by Fox News Channel viewers. 7/10.

Shelly


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