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Outfoxed Rupert Murdochs War On Journalism Essay Prompts

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism3.79 · Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews

“. . . The kind of cinematic spanking that [Michael] Moore just delivered to President Bush.”—The Washington Post

“What Outfoxed does is detail the specific ways, both onscreen and behind the scenes, in which the network’s conservatism shapes its news and opinion programs.”—New York Times Magazine

The director of 2004’s smash hit documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on“. . . The kind of cinematic spanking that [Michael] Moore just delivered to President Bush.”—The Washington Post

“What Outfoxed does is detail the specific ways, both onscreen and behind the scenes, in which the network’s conservatism shapes its news and opinion programs.”—New York Times Magazine

The director of 2004’s smash hit documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism teams with journalist Alexandra Kitty in an even more detailed and updated examination of how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. They examine media consolidation by focusing on the Fox News Channel: How did Fox gain prominence? How did the Fox News Channel gain audiences and influence public debate? How does Fox report reality? Is the network merely interpreting events or is it pushing propaganda? Who are the main players and how do they treat their friends and enemies? Why should readers care about how Fox takes liberties with its facts?

Each chapter blends interviews from Greenwald’s documentary, transcripts from Fox programs, and other research pertaining to Fox News not only to illustrate the Fox “mentality,” but also to show the factual, ethical and structural problems with the news channel. Interviews and transcripts are analyzed to give readers a strong sense of what Fox is actually telling its audiences.

As well as Outfoxed, Robert Greenwald executive produced Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, produced and directed Uncovered: The War On Iraq and most recently produced Unconstitutional: The War on our Civil Liberties, about the erosion of American civil liberties following the events of September 11.

Alexandra Kitty is a journalist who specializes in crime and media issues. She is the author of Don’t Believe It: How Lies Become News....more

Paperback, 208 pages

Published April 1st 2005 by The Disinformation Company

The frenetic Outfoxed is appropriate for anyone interested in politics, but it's probably best suited for teens and up. Bill O'Reilly comes off worst, caught in several outright lies, but the indictment falls on the entire channel, soup to nuts. An exceptionally damning poll, conducted by PIPA/Knowledge Networks and cited in the movie, shows how regular viewers of Fox News are far more likely to be misled about facts concerning the war in Iraq than other people. The most interesting portion involves the way Fox uses music and graphic cues to telegraph their opinion to views without saying anything, an outgrowth of the more general trend of news serving as entertainment.

Here's the problem: Outfoxed uses some of those same graphic techniques to get its own point across. Swooping, exploding pictures and text sometimes overwhelm the screen, and make the movie feel frantic -- and like propaganda. Because of this, few people will come out of film with their minds changed about anything; those who agree with Mr. Brock will have their beliefs confirmed, those who disagree will simply walk away.

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