Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is a 2004 documentary that criticizes 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".
By Lloyd Grove for The Daily Beast.
Poor Bill O'Reilly. The beleaguered Fox News star—who in recent days has faced unwelcome scrutiny for his tall tales about covering the 1982 Falklands war, and on Tuesday had his veracity further challenged by a report that he fabricated an account of his journalistic exploits in his supposedly nonfiction book, Killing Kennedy—is upset that rival media outlets are being so mean and nasty to him.
Ten years ago, documentary maker Robert Greenwald released a film with a controversial premise: Fox News Channel is not a reliable media outlet but rather a partisan political operation.
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Lies before waging war in Iraq. Deconstructing Fox News propaganda. Profiling Walmart’s culture of greed. Outing bloody wartime profiteers. Introducing America to the Koch brothers. Revealing why whistleblowers matter. Profiling innocent drone victims.
The last 15 years have seen an explosion and proliferation of the documentary film medium. Perhaps because of the relative ease of digital editing or perhaps because film festivals and film critics are finally giving documentaries their artistic due, the golden age of documentaries has blossomed and matured. What has also helped is that many universities have upgraded their film studies departments from history and criticism to actual production and have been training more budding documentary filmmakers. Furthermore, some production companies such as HBO Pictures, BBC, Discovery Channel, History Channel, PBS, and A&E have developed their own documentary film departments.
It’s bad enough that African American-hating Mark Fuhrman has become Fox’s go-to guy on prime time to analyze the racially sensitive situation in Ferguson, Missouri. But tonight, Sean Hannity specifically prodded Fuhrman to make racial attacks on African Americans Attorney General Eric Holder and Spike Lee. And Fuhrman delivered.