August 14, 2007, - 1:33 pm
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.
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:
“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.
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
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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