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Two things every armchair Michael Moore holds to be true: (1) The rampant media consolidation following the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has had a devastatingly limiting effect on the number of viewpoints coming across the airwaves. (2) Rupert Murdoch is, inarguably, the fucking antichrist. That the News Corp. chair and chief executive’s notoriously pro-Republican empire giddily assumed the captaincy of the Bush Administration Cheerleading Squad well before Dubya began squatting in the White House has also long been accepted as fact by the Nation-subscribing sect. For everyone else, however, Robert Greenwald’s new documentary, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, might be a revelation. Featuring interviews with nearly two dozen media critics and numerous former employees of the News Corp.–owned Fox News who claim to have been pushed to promote a right-wing agenda, Outfoxed raises a left-leaning eyebrow at the policies that govern the cable outlet’s “fair and balanced” reporting. According to Greenwald, the blurring of news and commentary is only one outrage committed by Murdoch and his cronies; further accusations of employee intimidation, character assassination, and the suppression of opposing viewpoints are also levied against the channel. Unlike Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s The Corporation, which grants representatives from its subjects the opportunity to defend their companies’ point of view, Outfoxed suffers from a one-sided perspective—a bias that won’t necessarily reduce the film’s credibility with all its viewers. But the real knock against Greenwald’s film is that, like his Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War, it fails to bring any new information to the table—or to present it in an even remotely entertaining manner. (Sorry, extended montages of Bill O’Reilly saying, “Shut up!” don’t count.) Though many of the facts put forward are compelling, they’re already well-documented. And absent the caustic wit and black humor that have made Moore’s films such box-office successes, Outfoxed quickly becomes tedious. Although Greenwald’s more traditional documentary approach should spare him the criticism Moore often faces for distorting the facts, it will almost certainly spare him Moore-level praise, too. —Matthew Borlik