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09/18/2004 Archived Entry: "Outfoxed and Uncovered"

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Director: Robert Greenwald
DVD released date: July 13, 2004
Studio: The Disinformation Company
Run time: 114 minutes

Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War
Director: Robert Greenwald
DVD released date: March 30, 2004
Studio: The Disinformation Company
Run Time: 90 minutes

Reviewed by Janine Fennick

I have a pretty much former friend - let's call her Ms. X - who is a Fox News groupie. She used to have a brain in her head but the last time I saw her, she was telling me about how hot Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity were and how she will only listen to them, etc. I knew about the propaganda tactics of Fox News Channel already (thanks to 7 years of film school and a lot of reading) but while I was at the movies I thought about her and how I would love to mail her an anonymous copy of these films OR strap her down and force her, Clockwork Orange style, to watch the damned things.

I saw a double feature of Outfoxed and Uncovered this afternoon. They being the documentaries on Fox News Channel and the Iraq War by Robert Greenwald. I cannot stress enough how each and every one of you should go see them (or buy them from at the low low price of $10 each or rent them or get them from Netflix or wherever) IMMEDIATELY. At least in the next 6 weeks and BEFORE the election. They're both chilling to say the least. Outfoxed pretty much outs the one sided totally Unfair and Unbalanced practices of FNCs and their "reporters" and the people behind the scenes (Mr. Ailes, Mr. Murdoch et. al.) and the lies they tell and HOW they tell them. The majority of the people interviewed were former Fox News people who left or were fired for actually trying to cover both sides of an issue rather than being a ventriloquist dummy for the Right (esp. the current Administration).

Uncovered is all about the lies and propaganda used to get us into the Iraqi War and to keep us there. Most of the people interviewed are former military, former Intelligence Agency or former government people. Many of them are Republicans. None of them are happy about the way people have been duped -- and believe me, they have been. The audiences were pretty funny for both because the films were pretty much preaching to the choir and it was like a non-stop peanut gallery of commentary all around. It was almost interactive film watching.

Well, guess who I ran into as we were leaving the theatre? Yep, Ms. X.

She was all dressed up in a suit and she called to me and gave me this HUGE hello. She told me she was going for some interview at the Cinema Arts center because she was doing a documentary -- she never told me how or what about. Anyway, she asked what I had seen and I told her the names of the films and then said (somewhat sarcastically), "You really ought to see Outfoxed. You might learn something."

"Oh, what's it about?"

"Fox News -- especially Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity."

And then (and I kid you not) she squealed and said in a voice normally reserved for tweenagers when discussing Orlando Bloom or Josh Harnett or Brad Pitt "Oh! I loooooooooove Sean Hannity." I think she pretty much has put him in the same pantheon she once reserved for Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Bono. I begged off because I really did not want to talk with her -- I think if I hadn't just been subjected to 3 hours of documentaries on just how heinous her beloved FNC and Dubya & Company were, I might not have been THAT caustic but I just have no respect or patience for her (or anyone of that ilk) anymore. Those days are over.

It was weird. I felt like just by thinking of her, I'd summoned her. Anyway, everyone should go check out those films if they can. Especially if you're undecided or think some of us are prone to paranoid fantasies about vast right wing conspiracies. They're worth your time. Like I say over and over again, think for yourself and make your OWN decisions.

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