What is Outfoxed about?
Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert
Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself
as "Fair and Balanced".
The documentary was not released theatrically, but
rather was distributed in DVD format, and sold online
through Internet retailers.
• Media is the nerve system of democracy.
• Most people learn candidates based on what the
media shows and tells them.
• Democracy is based on knowing some good and
• Murdoch adored Republicans
• Right-wing propaganda
• Employees’ activities are being monitored
• Not necessarily need to be a news gathering
organization, but a proponent of point of view
• Memoranda used to set the tone of the day
• Detailed list of subjects that talk about and not talk about
1. Eliminate Journalism (11:10)
• Quiet! Cut his microphone
• Stop! Stop! Stop! Stop!
• Shut up!
2. Polling, Graphics and Music (13:10)
3. News Commentary & Ad Libs (15:20)
• Hard to separate news and commentaries.
4. Some People Say (18:00)
• Clever way to insert political opinions
5. Experts (19:30)
• Under contract, and being paid a certain amount.
• Most of the experts are conservatives
6. Operation, Character, Assassination (21:40)
• Don’t need to win. Just muddy the situation into a draw
7. Fox Liberals (24:50)
• Not balanced, mismatch
8. Guests (26:50)
• Ratio of Republican to Democrat Guests
health care, and
Interview of Jeremy Glick (35:40)
Fear build up to war (42:20)
Happy Iraq (46:42)
• Present the Iraq war as a successes, a ongoing
• Emphasis all the good thing America are doing
Prevent discussion of things
that are not going well
PIPA Knowledge Networks Poll (49:00)
Survey shows Fox led in misleading public
TV News Bad For Truth About Iraq. Inter
Study: Misperceptions About Iraq War
Contributed to Support for It.
Survey Result: the more likely you watch Fox,
the more likely you have the
The worst thing that a journalist
The more people consume our
media, the less they know about the
subject. And the more they will
support the government’s policies.
2000 election night
Make Bush heroic.
Fox is an adjunct of the
The Fox effect (66:20)
it is news but it is also