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Roger Friedman UPDATE - Friedman has indeed been fired and FoxNews released the following statement this afternoon: "Fox News representatives and Roger Friedman met today and mutually agreed to part ways immediately. Fox News appreciates Mr. Friedman's ten years of contributions to building foxnews.com and wishes him success in his future endeavors. Mr. Friedman is grateful to his colleagues for their friendship and support over the past decade."

As one or ten thousand of you have heard, an unfinished print of Fox's upcoming comic adapted, tentpole actioner X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE recently leaked online. That in and of itself has been causing quite the scandal with speculation about the source of the leak. Most recently, though, the scandal has taken quite a specific turn. A few days ago, "FoxNews.com" columnist, Roger Friedman, wrote a post on his popular "Fox411" blog not only freely admitting to downloading the leaked, illegal copy but condoning the pirating of movies since "It's so much easier than going out in the rain!" Undoubtedly said in jest but still condoning the downloading of illegal prints of films. (The column has since been removed, with even Google removing it from its cache, but the folks at CHUD managed to get a screengrab of it.) Needless to say, it was a monumentally stupid thing for Friedman to do, especially on a sister company of Rupert Murdoch's "News Corp". ("Fox News" and "20th Century Fox" are subsidiaries of "News Corp.")

Expectedly, a public outroar erupted over the weekend and Fox quickly issued a statement denouncing Friedman's actions: "We've just been made aware that Roger Friedman, a freelance columnist who writes Fox 411 on Foxnews.com - an entirely separate company from 20th Century Fox -- watched on the internet and reviewed a stolen and unfinished version of X-Men Orgins: Wolverine. This behavior is reprehensible and we condemn this act categorically -- whether the review is good or bad." Incidentally, he gave the film a glowing review. Soon after, News Corp released the following statement: "Roger Friedmanís views in no way reflect the views of News Corporation. We, along with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, have been a consistent leader in the fight against piracy and have zero tolerance for any action that encourages and promotes piracy. When we advised Fox News of the facts they took immediate action, removed the post, and promptly terminated Mr. Friedman." That's it, right? He's fired, end of story? Not quite.

When contacted, Friedman's only response was that he had not been let go, a fact he had also confirmed to "Variety". Apparently, rather than immediately firing him for very publicly acknowledging and encouraging piracy, they've instead decided to have a meeting today to allow Friedman to plead his case. Way to take a strong stance against piracy, there, Fox.

Extra Tidbit: Friedman's column, Fox411, has run on "Fox News" for the last 10 years.
Source: DHDVariety

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7:22PM on 04/07/2009
I must say while I still don't like Fox as a studio...Friedman was being an idiot here. They had good reason to fire him. Why couldn't he have kept his big mouth shut and wait to make an official review for the complete movie instead of admitting to downloading a pirate copy (which is incomplete) AND reviewing it, on his own blog which is hosted BY Fox no less? And for the matter, it's not about wether he liked it or not, the fact he did all this was stupid.
I must say while I still don't like Fox as a studio...Friedman was being an idiot here. They had good reason to fire him. Why couldn't he have kept his big mouth shut and wait to make an official review for the complete movie instead of admitting to downloading a pirate copy (which is incomplete) AND reviewing it, on his own blog which is hosted BY Fox no less? And for the matter, it's not about wether he liked it or not, the fact he did all this was stupid.
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12:35PM on 04/07/2009

Early contender for idiot of the year

He also said he was going to download the Paul Rudd comedy I Love You, Man next.
What a dumb twat. His grave wasnt big enough,so he decides to dig a bit more.
I will never understand some people.
He also said he was going to download the Paul Rudd comedy I Love You, Man next.
What a dumb twat. His grave wasnt big enough,so he decides to dig a bit more.
I will never understand some people.
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11:19AM on 04/07/2009

what's worse?

foxnews helped the bush administration lie the world into the war in iraq, for one. this guy downloaded a movie. which is worse?
foxnews helped the bush administration lie the world into the war in iraq, for one. this guy downloaded a movie. which is worse?
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3:25AM on 04/07/2009

oops

Im sure there's fine print in their contracts that state if the employee breaks law openly then they will be terminated ((of course something with fancier rhetoric))

obviously FOX can't enforce laws, but they need a backbone to recognize when laws are broken and do something about it.

Its ridiculous that this is becoming an issue

1. Man breaks law and writes about it for his employer

2. Employer recognizes this and fires employee immediately

3. Result: shows that company
Im sure there's fine print in their contracts that state if the employee breaks law openly then they will be terminated ((of course something with fancier rhetoric))

obviously FOX can't enforce laws, but they need a backbone to recognize when laws are broken and do something about it.

Its ridiculous that this is becoming an issue

1. Man breaks law and writes about it for his employer

2. Employer recognizes this and fires employee immediately

3. Result: shows that company respects federal law and will not tolerate employees who break it
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3:17AM on 04/07/2009
It has nothing to do if someone agrees or disagrees with his statements or columns. The fact is that this man admittedly broke federal piracy law and wrote a column about doing so. If FOX takes a strong stand against piracy he shouldve lost his job the day the article hit the web.

If there arent some sort of consequences for him then it gives America the assumption that FOX employees are above the law and thus will not be prosecuted for a crime admittedly committed

I dont give a damn
It has nothing to do if someone agrees or disagrees with his statements or columns. The fact is that this man admittedly broke federal piracy law and wrote a column about doing so. If FOX takes a strong stand against piracy he shouldve lost his job the day the article hit the web.

If there arent some sort of consequences for him then it gives America the assumption that FOX employees are above the law and thus will not be prosecuted for a crime admittedly committed

I dont give a damn about FOX or any of their idiot employees. I care about our Justice System doing it's job and FOX having a backbone to enforce law.

End of story
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5:17PM on 04/06/2009

I don't care about this guy at all, but..

I really couldn't care less about this guys opinion on anything, however, regardless of his dumb behavior I don't think he should lose his job. I think we can all agree he said some really stupid things, but should someone really lose their job over this?
I really couldn't care less about this guys opinion on anything, however, regardless of his dumb behavior I don't think he should lose his job. I think we can all agree he said some really stupid things, but should someone really lose their job over this?
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