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

Genres - Film, TV & Radio  |   Sub-Genres - Film & Television History, Media Studies, Politics & Government  |   Release Date - Aug 6, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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While the Fox News cable network has promoted itself as a "fair and balanced" news outlet -- so much so that they've even trademarked the phrase -- not everyone believes that they're living up to their slogan, and this activist documentary by filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a close look at the political perspective of Fox's coverage. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism examines the right-wing slant of Fox News' reporting, as represented in stories the network chooses to cover and their shoehorning of editorial opinion into stories, revealed in interviews with former Fox employees and several noted journalists (including Walter Cronkite) who discuss the pro-conservative, anti-Democratic views of the channel's management and how they're manifested in their programming. The film also puts talk show host Bill O'Reilly under the microscope and offers potent examples of his frequently abrasive interviewing style. Production of Outfoxed was supported in part by the leftist political action network Moveon.org.

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accusation, big-business, conservative, expose [revelation], mass-media, news, right-wing, television, TV-station, journalism