April 6, 2009, - 7:51 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
In the past, I’ve decried FOXNews.com’s extremely liberal entertainment writer, Roger Friedman, who fancied himself a critic, but really wasn’t one. And I’m glad to see that, today, Friedman was fired. His gushing over liberals and liberalism was tiresome. And certainly neither “Fair” nor “Balanced.”
Friedman would praise outrageous movies like Angelina Jolie’s Islamo-sympathizing “A Mighty Heart” and Michael Moore’s “Sicko.” and stood up for Muslim extremists like HAMAS finance moll Cat Stevens a/k/a Yusuf Islam. And then, liberals like Rosie O’Donnell and the hags of “The View” would say, “Well, FOX News praised it,” or “Well, FOX News said . . . .”
The guy was an ignoramus.
But he was even more of an ignoramus than I thought. That’s because he bragged about stealing from his own employer on his employer’s own website. And, predictably, it was his professional death knell. Long overdue, in Roger’s case.
Talk about chutzpah. And stupidity. Friedman wrote about downloading a pirated FOX movie product, the new X-Men movie, and wrote about how easy and pleasant it was.
What was that saying about “don’t [euphemism] where you eat/live/work”? Guess he never heard that one.
Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for FoxNews.com, discovered over the weekend just what Rupert Murdoch means by “zero tolerance” when it comes to movie piracy.
On Friday, the film studio 20th Century Fox – owned by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate ruled by Mr. Murdoch – became angry after reading Mr. Friedman’s latest column. . . . The subject was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” a big-budget movie that was leaked in unfinished form on the Web last week.
Mr. Friedman posted a minireview, adding, “It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer.”
The film studio, which enlisted the F.B.I. last week to hunt the pirate, put out a statement calling Mr. Friedman’s column “reprehensible,” among other things.
Not a smart move. And now he’s gone. Buh-bye, Roger. And don’t let the bit torrent hit ya on the way out.
Now, maybe FOXNews.com can pick a real movie critic, instead of a celebrity gusher who dabbles in saying ignorant things to promote bad movies. And maybe they’ll actually pick a conservative, instead of the same old liberal we see on every single other mainstream media website and news network.
But don’t hold your breath.