Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

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Neither fair nor balanced itself, Outfoxed offers an often entertaining indictment of the Fox News Channel.

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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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Critic Reviews for Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (9)

  • Greenwald has fashioned a fine attack dog, and he's sicced it on a deserving subject.

    Sep 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Taken for what it is, Outfoxed is still worth watching, especially for the politically active.

    Sep 9, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • Makes a crucial argument that has less to do with conservatives and liberals than with the coarsening of political discourse and the sinking standards of journalism and news -- subjects that go far beyond any particular news operation.

    Sep 2, 2004 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • While Outfoxed surely will appeal more to liberals than to conservatives, its value to its self-selected audience lies not in upending anyone's expectations, but in taking the uninitiated down the Fox News rabbit hole.

    Aug 12, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
  • Those with negative opinions of Fox News probably never watch it and may find the ample clips on display here eye-opening.

    Aug 9, 2004
  • For independent thinkers and those who think of journalism as a profession of accuracy, fairness and ethics, there's more than enough to chew on.

    Aug 6, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

  • Nov 11, 2012
    Yes I'll agree Fox news is an extremely biased news channel. But the problem with the documentary is that it ended up doing the same thing Fox news did. Same propaganda. It showed Fox news making a big deal of small things, like Kerry looking French. But this made the line "You decide" seem like sorcery in brain wash. The reason I loved Religelous so much is everyone got to defend there views. Watching outfoxed is like watching someone jab at an unconscious opponent. Not a soul good defend the station. I found the Jeremy Glick case interesting since I've seen Ive done some research on it before, but other than that this was hypocritical crap
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2011
    If you haven't figured out yet that Fox News has an agenda, see this movie. This is already seven years old. Just watch any given week of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report to see what dirty tricks they've been up to lately.
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2011
    No real surprises here. Most that watch this movie has already seen through Fox News and what it is and represents.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2008
    "If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention."
    Drew S Super Reviewer

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