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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on News [DVD] [Import]
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism uses the inflammatory tactics of the Fox News Channel to demonstrate the conservative bias that's handed down by Fox's owner, media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The documentary gathers interviews from media watchdogs and former Fox employees (including a former anchor, Jon Du Pre, who describes his flailing efforts to create a celebration for Reagan's birthday when the one he was sent to cover never materialized), but their overwhelming condemnation of Fox's skewed news practices isn't half as effective as footage taken directly from Fox itself--an appalling montage of pundit Bill O'Reilly telling guests to shut up; repeated efforts to paint Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry as weak and waffling, while President Bush is captured in respectful, reverent images; and management memos dictating language, subject matter, and point of view. Outfoxed is unlikely to persuade Fox News fans to change their views, but it may spur outraged liberals to take action. --Bret Fetzer
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It includes demonstrations of pivotal media players for Fox, (i.e. Bill O'Reilly) who deliberately push a very specific presentation of their "view" of the issues. Aiming, if not to convince any one of their beliefs, to profoundly confuse the issue and obscure any information that might jeopardize their agenda's success.
It also gives some hope that we are finally seeing the truth spoken again in media, even if they had to do it (at the time this was made) through documentary.
I read the one-star reviews with a mixture of disgust and disbelief. A large percentage of them employ simplistic reductionism ("So they're biased? Who isn't") to the typical 'mad dog patriot' version of the ad hominem attack (which is the lowest form of debate anywhere).
One reviewer complained that it didn't make a comparison between 'liberal news outlets' and Fox (Duh! READ.THE.TITLE).
It was very upsetting. There is a HUGE difference between having a conservative bent, & shouting down the opposition. Telling people they're traitors because they disagree is simply unpatriotic. Telling people to 'shut up' is simply argumentum ad baculum (argument by force). Steam-rolling over dissent is un-American.
Disgusting. Anyone who defends Fox needs to take a serious reality check. This is America, people. & besides, I'm not overly fond of liars. Anyone out there who appreciate being lied to, raise your hands. No one? What a surprise.
Their constant repetition (perfect example: 'The economy is bouncing back! The economy's more robust') of a lie doesn't make it truth.
We need to start holding journalists' feet to the fire. Honesty should be a requirement in journalism.
Shame on Fox. Shame on anyone who supports them.
It's no secret that this simple technique has a very pronounced effect on the impression people have of what's important and what is not. J. A. C. Brown wrote about this in the 1950s in his Techniques of Persuasion when the memory of Nazi Germany and its use of the big lie was still fresh. As Outfoxed shows clearly, the network has these techniques down cold.
I did this the day after the ROP rally in New York. The "summary" for the week (Fox 5) involved selected shots of gay protestors, no coverage of Arnie ducking out a school side exit to dodge some female protestors (full coverage on NBC)and making much of the inconvenience suffered by New Yorker's. No coverage of the issues the demonstrators raised and sycophantic coverage of the GOP rally. Much was made of a single assualt on a plain clothes police officer who was assualted when he attempted to ride his scooter through a crowd. Very distorted coverage in comparison to the other networks.
The thing that the documentary really drives home is the Fox use of "some people say" as a cue for editorial comment. At least 2 or 3 times a "show".
Try this test - it makes one realize how accurate the documentary is and the insidious nature of Fox editorial comment.
Forget about the incredible low price of the film on DVD / VHS, for ten times the amount, this would still be an invaluable lesson in how the mainstream media operates and how our daily lives are impacted by this, and a bargain at that. Then, do as I have done, loan your copy to people you really care about.