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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:
... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Alterman ... Interviewee
... Herself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
David Brock ... Interviewee
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Cameron ... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Neil Cavuto ... Himself (archive footage)
Douglas Cheek ... Narrator
... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Clarke ... Himself
Jeff Cohen ... Interviewee
... 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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Also Known As:

Outfoxed: La guerre de Rupert Murdoch contre le journalisme  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,054, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$237,277, 22 August 2004
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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 »

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Bill O'Reilly: Shut up!
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Layla
Written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon
Performed by Derek & The Dominos (as Derek and The Dominos)
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Caution: this review is written by an Australian who's never actually watched Fox News. But, hey, wasn't the big R Australian once?
17 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

When I was at university, it was the left-wing politicians who spun the best propaganda. They wore cooler clothes, had better slogans and made up bright snappy posters satirising 1950s domesticity (in itself a form of propaganda). But if 1967 film The Battle of Algiers is a training manual for terrorists, consider Outfoxed, the new documentary about Rupert Murdoch's Fox News cable channel, a how to for right-wing misinformation.

Rupert Murdoch is up-front about his goals for Fox – America's most watched cable network – to promote conservative values. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism demonstrates just how fundamentally this distorts the truth, misinforms the public and compromises the integrity of any journalist employed by Fox news. Government surveys show that of all news consumers, Fox viewers had the most inaccurate perceptions of the truth – for example one-third of them believed that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

Fox's slogans include "Fox News – Fair and Balanced" and "We Report – You Decide". Does the second one remind you of anything? That's right, the ABC's CNNNN, who more accurately transformed the slogan into "We Report – You Believe". I never realised that CNNNN's Firth Factor had a real-life counterpart, Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, and was nauseated by Bill O'Reilly. He's the most biased and aggressive shock jock I could envisage, who disrespects the truth and annihilates any guest who dares disagree with him. In comparison, Jeff Kennett in his heyday was as innocuous as a little fluffy kitten. In the US, most Fox viewers wouldn't even understand that CNNNN is a comedy.

Outfoxed is an argumentative essay rather than an impartial examination of the truth, but considering the propaganda machine it's taking on, how could it be otherwise? What's so impressive about this film is its pace. In a rapid-fire 77 minutes, filmmaker Robert Greenwald interviews dozens of former Fox employees, media analysts, and intersperses it with Fox footage to prove his points. Not only is the film jaw dropping, but it's as entertaining and shocking as anything the Fox behemoth could pump out. It made me cry. *****/***** stars.


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