August 14, 2007, - 1:33 pm

Who is Roger Friedman?: FOX News’ Very Liberal “Movie Critic”

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE, 04/06/09: Finally: Fox News Fires Liberal Movie/Celeb Writer Roger Friedman ****
Does it puzzle you when you hear that FOX News loved Michael Moore’s “Sicko” or Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt’s “A Mighty Heart,” which whitewashed Islamic terrorists?
If FOX News is so “fair and balanced,” why do they gush over movies that far-leftists gush over?
Three words: Roger Friedman, liberal.
Whenever I hear the phrase “Fair and Balanced,” I think of Roger Friedman, FOXNews.com’s celebrity gossip writer and self-appointed movie critic. He turns his gossip column into movie reviews whenever there’s an inane liberal propaganda film he wants to tout.

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When Michael Moore bragged about FOX News endorsing his movie, he was talking about Friedman (Friedman is so far left that he differed on that even with many liberal movie critics who panned “Sicko”). When Rosie O’Donnell–then still co-hosting the view–gushed about another left-wing movie, she bragged, “Well, even FOX News liked it.” She, too, was talking about Friedman.
A dyed-in-the-wool liberal, Friedman not only gushed over “Sicko” and “A Mighty Heart,” he also chastised America for putting HAMAS financier Cat Stevens on the no fly list and applauded when America panderingly took him off the list and granted him a visa. Among his absurd quotes:

Last year he was refused entry into the United States on suspicion – ridiculous as it was – that he was a terrorist of some sort.

(Emphasis added.)
“Ridiculous”? Cat Stevens went to Israel and paid top HAMAS commanders money which went to homicide bombers. Hardly “ridiculous” to refuse his entry to America. And in another gushing Cat Stevens column, Friedman buys Cat Stevens’ denial, lying that he didn’t support the Ayatollah Khomeini Fatwa calling for Salman Rushdie’s death. Interesting, since the video of him saying it–and wishing that Muslim protestors would burn Rushdie to death–is all over YouTube.
Then there’s this:

Cat Stevens is coming home, sort of. I am told that Greek-Brit Steven Georgiou, now known as Yusuf Islam, has been granted a visa and will enter the United States in mid-December.
All I can say is, it’s about time.
Yusuf – that’s what he wants to be called – was involved in an embarrassing incident in 2004 when he and his daughter were denied entry into the U.S. because his name was found on a “no-fly” list. How utterly ridiculous, since it turned out the person in question was someone else. [DS: Uh, no, it was him they banned. Doesn't Friedman do an iota of research? Incredibly ignorant.]
Let’s put it this way: Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam is an unlikely terrorist. Since his conversion to Islam, he may have had odd ideas, but none of them are threatening or dangerous. [DS: Yes, like funding HAMAS. Not threatening or dangerous at all. Or his anti-Semitic comments. Or his support of the fatwa for Rushdie's death.]
Evidence of this can be found easily on Yusuf’s first new record album in 30 years. [DS: Yup, great "evidence." If it's not on his new record, it never happened.] . . .
Yusuf knows, however, that anti-Muslim feeling in the U.S. easily translates into panic. [DS: Yes, Roger, keep defaming America to pander to the HAMAS financier.] Maybe that’s why he has cleverly covered the Animals’ old hit, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” He is not unaware of an acceptance problem.
But really, there’s nothing on “Cup” that could offend anyone and plenty of love and peace for everyone. . . .
When he visits America next month, I hope Yusuf will get a fair airing on TV like “Regis” and “Ellen.” If he plays his cards right over the next few months, he might even get that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction he clearly deserves.

(Emphasis added.)
Friedman got mad when Jolie refused to do an interview with him at the New York “A Mighty Heart” premiere. But when it comes to questions directed at himself, he won’t answer, either. Here’s an e-mail I sent him a while ago, which, predictably, went unanswered:

From: Debbie Schlussel
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 11:19 AM
To: roger.friedman@foxnews.com
Subject: ROGER, 2 Questions for something I’m writing about U . . .
For whom did you vote in the last three presidential elections? For whom did you vote for the U.S. Senate from New York in races in which Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer ran (last two elections for both)?

I’m confident that the answers are: Kerry, Gore, Bill Clinton, Hillary, Hillary, Schumer, Schumer.
He’s just like liberals and liberal movie critics you’d see on any other network. There’s nothing fair and balanced about Roger Friedman, FOX News’ entertainment go-to guy.
The next time you hear that FOX News loved this movie or that celebrity, you’ll know that means the cinematic release or star has a left-wing agenda and, in reality, isn’t worthy. If Friedman likes it, chances are you’ll despise it.
For Roger Friedman, the eternal credo is, “I distort. Don’t decide.”
For details on Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam’s terrorist activity and ties, read some of my previous work:
* “No ‘Peace Train': Why is America Embracing Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)?
* “Islam Denied Entry: Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train” of Islamic Hate Derailed
* “Cat Stevens: Simmering HAMASnik, CrotchWoman & the Ignoble Nobel Peace Prize

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10 Responses

Fox News: Unfair and Unbalaced. We report, so don’t decide.

Squirrel3D on August 14, 2007 at 1:53 pm

There’s no shortage of self loathing Jews in the entertainment biz. Their far left agenda trumps the preservation of their own culture and state every time. But wait! According to the left, isn’t FOX biased to the right?

spiffo on August 14, 2007 at 2:47 pm

Here’s a comment from the ol’ Cat worth noting:
“The Jews seem neither to respect God nor his creation. Their own holy books contain the curse of God brought upon them by their prophets on account of their disobedience to Him and mischief in the earth. We have seen the disrespect for religion displayed by those who consider themselves to be ‘God’s chosen people.'” In addition to the ol’ Cat’s clear-as-a-bell Jew-hatred we have his 1989 endorsement of the murder warrant against Salman Rushdie. Perhaps Roger would like to enshrine Sheikh Stevens in the Jihad wing of the rock n’ roll Hall of Fame.

mushrik1 on August 14, 2007 at 3:23 pm

Hey Debbie,
I’ve been reading your blog now for a couple of years. I enjoy your commentary, I don’t always agree with it, but I do find it informative and entertaining. However, can you realistically say that your critiques of movies, songs etc… are fair and balanced? You should look yourself in the mirror when you call out other for being “unfair and unblanced.”
WHO SAID THEY WERE “FAIR AND BALANCED”? I PROVIDE *THE* “BALANCE” TO A GAZILLION MAINSTREAM, LIBERAL MOVIE CRITICS. MY MOVIE REVIEWS ARE FAR MORE ACCURATE AND INFORMED THAN ROGER FRIEDMAN’S. BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT, HERE. THE POINT IS THAT HE’S A LIBERAL, NOT A CONSERVATIVE, WHICH PEOPLE BELIEVE FOX NEWS IS, BUT ISN’T.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

TonyfromHamilton on August 14, 2007 at 4:10 pm

Cat Stevens inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? No way. Is Roger a music critic now too?

CarpeDiem on August 14, 2007 at 10:47 pm

I think FNC overdoes the fair and balanced schtick.

John Cunningham on August 15, 2007 at 9:10 am

What amazes me about all the blather of the Friedmans of the world is that they seem to think that waking up one morning to call to prayer (and four more times in the day) and watching their freedoms be flushed down the toilet will be a piece of cake and preferable to waking up to pursue whatever their little ole heart desires. Make no mistake, if we don’t stand up and make our voices heard where it matters most, our future and the future of our children will be very bleak, indeed.

jlking on August 15, 2007 at 12:01 pm

my only theory is that murdoch wanted a buzz by opening up a new network that was “right wing” and then once it got rolling he turned it back left because theyre the only people that watch news?
something like a co-opted tribunate?
it doesnt make any sense otherwise.
but then again, its all done in newyawk home of the jew of the third sex and they probably couldnt get anyone to work there if they didnt throw them a bone. thats the theory I’m sticking with, reverse mcarthyism. the only way to get a tv station to actually run with people was to hire from a small pool that wouldnt be too afraid to get ostracized and having fman and rivera is just throwing them a bone.
there is a new technology coming out to save us all from this called iptv. I have a link to the corpy white paper about it on my blog. basically it cuts all these clowns out of your life and will be up in a few years. great investment opp too. make money while you pull the feet out from under these idiots.

playertwo on August 15, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Debbie,
Per the email about a week ago, you may recall I am a fan of good quotes and their sources. As to Cat Stevens having a new record, I believe it was Beaudelais in correspondence in the 19th century to Victor Hugo, and not Voltaire, as is often attributed, who said, “That which is to stupid to be said must be sung.” Maybe Stevens could use that in a record title, an autobiography, or both. (Sardonic sarcasm intended.)
(Personal note as a mnemonic: per my previous, it is raining hard in Oxford at this moment.)
DocDavid

hedeby1 on August 15, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Yes I completly agree with your analysis of this guy!!

Dirk on August 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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