Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (2004)

This is going to be relatively brief, simply because there really isn’t much to say about the subject. What you have here is a documentary about why Fox News Channel is bad (for) journalism and for what it is, it’s entirely okay. It’s not pure propaganda, nor does it feel like a smear campaign. It does a relatively good job of laying out how Fox News continuously advocates right-wing conservative views while broadcasting its news under the deceptive slogan “We Report, You Decide” and “Fair and Balanced” banner in the post-9/11 world. It’s informative and provides some nice tidbits how it all works in practice via quotes from internal memos that give a very striking view of what the corporate culture was at the Fox newsroom.

The film might have been topical upon its initial release, but after eleven years it has lost much of its edge. There is one surprising upside to being over a decade old documentary though: the film offers an interesting hindsight 20-20 perspective of the political climate of the time around the Iraq occupation, when America was going a bit war crazy under the Bush administration. The main reason why the film holds very little interest today is an obvious one: you’re simply preaching to the choir at this point. Anybody who doesn’t solely rely on getting their daily news and information from Fox News already knows what a joke they are. And the rest don’t care or straight up disagree. The only reason I ended up watching it was because somebody provided a Youtube link for it during in an online political discussion and I didn’t immediately realize it was going to be a full length documentary from 2004.

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