Outfoxed takes a close look at the Murdoch-owned cable channel Fox News.
With a series of interviews from ex-employees and lots of footage, the documentary shows how Fox News’s claim of being “fair and balanced” isn’t true.
For example, each morning a memo is sent from John Moody, the senior vice-president of Fox News, with the theme of the day.
These memos provide the framework for the spin on the news by the overall news operation.
One memo warned, “Do not fall into the trap of mourning US lives.” Another says of the Fallujah siege, “It won’t be long before some people start to decry the use of excessive force. We won’t be among that group.”
The control of the news is such that one reporter was suspended because, when reporting Reagan’s birthday celebrations at the Reagan library, there were not enough people there celebrating.
One of the worst examples of the control over what is shown is an interview with Jeremy Glick.
He is an anti-war activist who lost his father in the attack on the twin towers.
In a live interview Glick speaks about how the US funded Bin Laden’s training camps in Afghanistan. The following day he is quoted as saying that Bush planned the attacks on 9/11.
The documentary is fairly interesting, and some of the extracts from Fox are surreal – such as, “I’m not right wing. I believe in global warming” – but this is very much aimed at the US market.
And, although I’ve never seen all these clips together, we already know that Murdoch provides propaganda rather than news. Unless you have a particular interest in Fox News, this is not a dvd I would recommend.
Director: Robert Greenwald
On sale from 6 December