This week I chose to watch “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.” Today, I don’t think there are many logical people that watch Fox News or take what they have to say seriously. Even if they do, they know that the network is not “fair and balanced” as they have portrayed themselves to be in the past. However, I read that when this documentary was first released, people were not aware of the ways in which Fox and its news division disguised their bias. Because it was, at one point in time, such a controversial and revealing documentary, I decided to watch it.
As someone who is passionate about journalism, this documentary also intrigued me. The documentary was a success in exposing the bias views of Fox News and the ways in which they try to disguise their personal or corporate views as fact or journalistic reporting.
Because of the subject of the documentary, most of the film, aside from the A-roll interview footage, relied on b-roll of different Fox News segments and clips. One of the most interesting things that they included as B-roll were the memos that were passed down from the executive heads of Fox to the members of the news division. They also creatively filmed A-roll (or what seemed like A-roll) of interviews with anonymous sources. Instead of filming their faces or bodies, they recorded the machines that their interviews were being played back from.
It was very effective in its execution, and I don’t think there was anything in the documentary that could made it better. They had sufficient interviews with former Fox employees, as well as numerous clips that proved the points that they were attempting to making. With a general, large topic, they broke it up into segments that flowed together well and provided cohesion between the different ideas.
It was interesting and engaging for the entire length of the documentary. Watching it make me understand why it was such a breakthrough when it was first released.