Outfoxed Analysis

1082 WordsMar 10, 20055 Pages
Even though it is politically one-sided, I think that Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, is a highly effective liberal activist documentary. I would recommend the film because it sets out to prove something and it does so. I'll bet anything that it will make (or has made) the blood of both liberals and conservatives boil, if for different reasons. When Rupert Murdoch launched Fox News in 1996, its CEO (or Chairman, 1 of the 2!) Roger Ailes said, "We'd like to be premier journalists and restore objectivity." Which is like a tobacco company spokesman insisting cigarette smoking doesn't cause cancer. The documentary zeroes in on the politicizing of Fox's reporting, from daily memos deciding on what topics to focus on and which…show more content…
." It's subtler, more sweeping, and far more effective than anyone ever imagined. The political spin Fox weaves on some topics is at times downright surreal. Despite unceasing, bloody clashes in Iraq, the violent, almost daily killing of innocent women and children, Fox News would have its viewers believe that country was fast becoming an Arabian paradise, with happy citizens hot-rodding around in their Trans-Ams, going to horse races and, as that great media man (I hate him) Geraldo Rivera asserts, "Life for 95% of the Iraqis is already immeasurably better....In the markets big, fat fish coming out of the Tigris and Euphrates River!" Jeremy Glick, the son of an authority worker killed on 9/11, is interviewed about his now infamous appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor," and the fall-out in which the hot-headed host lied repeatedly about the anti-war statements Glick made on his show. Like much of the documentary, this sequence arguably is guilty of the same one-sided approach as Fox, but is undeniably effective insofar as O'Reilly's big mouth is his own worst enemy and the strongest evidence against its claims of ideological impartiality. O'Reilly's handling of his guest --- even invoking Glick's dead father and widowed mother against him --- and his follow-up to distort and discredit his guest's views the next day, will be shocking to viewers uninitiated in the right-wing
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