For this project, Greenwald
also put together an array of people from all facets of the media.
They monitored Fox News 24 hours a day for three months.
Outfoxed summarizes and details the evidence these media analysts
found that shows Fox’s unfair and unbalanced agenda. As
a result, the documentary is influencing millions of people’s
views on the upcoming presidential election by revealing how
Fox News, far from being objective, is a 24/7 commercial for
the Republican Party.
The film illustrates the way that Fox’s owner, Rupert Murdoch,
has dominated the media. He has bought up TV stations, cable
channels, and newspapers worldwide. The huge expanse of Murdoch’s
media empire is detailed; his various outlets reach something
like three-quarters of the earth’s population!
By examining the way that Fox collects and reports news, this
film shows that it is simply not fair and balanced. For instance,
on his talk show, Bill O’Reilly repeatedly tells guests
to shut up rather than allowing them to disagree with his right-wing
agenda. Greenwald’s layering of quick clips and letting
us hear O’Reilly tell guests over and over to “shut
up, shut up, shut up,” is one of the most amusing tactics
used in the film. But the reality is that by refusing to allow
certain opinions to be expressed, and by tainting information
to promote a conservative plan, Fox is depriving viewers of
In a show hosted by Britt Hume, more than 80 percent of the
guests were Republicans while the other 20 percent were Democrats,
half of those were conservative.
Also, on the Hannity and Colmes show, Hannity is the strong
Republican who is outspoken and is perceived to be smarter.
Colmes is portrayed
as the goofy, scrawny Democrat who lets Hannity step all over
him and interrupt whenever he wants.
The fact that a news outlet can be so one sided, so blatantly
anti-democratic, frightens many Americans. Simply stated, it
reveals how easily “news” can become propaganda,
without the viewers knowing they are being brainwashed. This
sort of thing should be outlawed. A propaganda arm of a political
party should not be able to present itself to the American
people as fair and balanced reporting.
Outfoxed is a must-see for any Fox News aficionado who thinks
he or she is getting a true understanding of what occurs behind
the scenes. Whether Republican or Democrat, the American public
deserves one thing from its news sources—balance and
objectivity.Outfoxed: The media giant distorts truth.