Outfoxed: A Rhetorical Analysis

Essay by hitmeq3mCollege, UndergraduateA, November 2004

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This was an assignment where I was supposed to do a rhetorical analysis over the documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. We were supposed to discuss the message of the essay and talk about how to improve it.


Journalism, by definition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as "the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media." In the movie "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," Robert Greenwald examines Fox News' claims to be a fair and balanced reporting network. After dissecting more closely the network's policies and reporting methods, it is revealed that they are instead completely destroying the purpose of journalism and corrupting it with self-opinionated, right-winged bias.

Rupert Murdoch, an ultra-conservative, envisioned in the beginning of Fox News a more conservative observation of the media in contrast to the much more liberal representation that was emanated at the time. The film takes this information and then proceeds to broadcast a systematic series of events that test the validity and substance of Murdoch's journalistic approach.

During the Reagan administration, Murdoch demanded the airing of a story in tribute to Reagan. The film portrays this as a problem because Fox News specifically focused on that story over other more important events. The only issue with the way in which they express this information is that they did not indicate what other stories were going on at the time that had a greater value.

A very interesting point the film dealt with was its emphasis on very specific parts of internal memos Fox sent to each individual broadcasting station. In the film, they darken the outside information and focus simply on one or two particular lines. The material from these one or two lines involved the stories that were to be covered that day or...