Monday, May 15, 2006

Fair and Balanced?

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004) [4]
Here’s a big surprise for you: the Fox News network is in cahoots with the Republican Party and gets across an overwhelmingly conservative viewpoint! The problem with this film is the only people that are going to see it are ones that already know that Fox News is a joke of a news network. So Greenwald doesn’t have to do much except preach to the choir. It’s a shame that these hack, partisan documentaries (on both sides of the political spectrum) are getting so much notoriety because they plain stink as films. This film doesn’t have any filmic elements to it, just a lot of talking heads and the ironically at time, the same graphic schematic that Fox News utilizes so well to their advantage. It’s never good when you’re argument is relying solely on far left talking heads, the exception being a couple of scenes with Walter Cronkite. The film does have some good moments, most prominent being the Bill O’Reilly “Shut Up!” montage. As a liberal though, I can find nothing here that I didn’t already have a hunch about, which is a little disappointing.

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