OUTFOXED Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism Interviews Video Video

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Creative Commons license: Sampling Plus. This is the original footage from the documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, produced and directed by Robert Greenwald. The film, which has drawn attention for its pointed critique of Fox News, consists largely of interviews with former Fox employees and news guests. Greenwald said, "In making Outfoxed, I learned how cumbersome and expensive it can be to license footage from news organizations. The Creative Commons license, as used here, allows me as a filmmaker to know immediately how I can use a piece of content in my films. I could think of no better way to walk the talk myself than by releasing the interviews from Outfoxed here under a license that allows other filmmakers to use my material in new and creative ways. I look forward to seeing what others do with these interviews." Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is a 2004 documentary film by progressive filmmaker Robert Greenwald that is highly critical of the Fox News Channel, and its owner, Rupert Murdoch, claiming that the channel is used to promote and advocate right-wing views. The film says this pervasive bias contradicts the channel's claim of being "Fair and Balanced", and argues that Fox News has been engaging in what amounts to consumer fraud. The documentary was not released theatrically, but rather was distributed in DVD format by the progressive Political action committee MoveOn.org, and sold online through Internet retailers such as Amazon.com, where it was a top-seller in July 2004. MoveOn.org had helped promote the DVD release by taking out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times. The film examines the global growth of Murdoch's media enterprise in the context of concentration of media ownership considerations, and argues that having one person in control of a large media conglomerate might infringe freedom of the press. Outfoxed negatively portrays Fox News on several fronts: It criticizes Fox News' coverage during the lead-up to, and the aftermath of, the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It claims that commentators such as Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity attempt to intimidate guests with whom they disagree, such as author and activist Jeremy Glick. It states that more airtime and coverage is given to Republican politicians, particularly those in the George W. Bush administration, than to Democrats. It portrays Fox News management, including owner Rupert Murdoch and president Roger Ailes, both conservatives, as controlling the network's content, and further portrays editorial control from Murdoch on down as ensuring which stories and issues are covered and that the coverage is from a strongly conservative perspective. It asserts that suspensions or other reprisals are given to reporters and producers for not promoting the channel's political point of view. Former Fox News journalists appear in the film critiquing the methods and perceived integrity of their former employer. For example, Jon Du Pre, a former reporter for Fox News' West Coast bureau, alleged that he had been suspended by Fox News management because his live shots from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Ronald Reagan's birthday — which Du Pre described was like a "holy day" to Fox News' hierarchy — were not "celebratory enough." A former Fox News military contributor, Larry C. Johnson, also claimed that he was in high demand to give on-air analysis on the War on Terror, until he called into question on Hannity & Colmes whether or not the United States could fight two wars (in Afghanistan and Iraq) simultaneously, an incident after which Johnson says he was promptly ignored as a potential Fox News contributor. rg/ Outfoxed documentary about Fox News from producer/director Robert Greenwald. Creative Commons license: Sampling Plus
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