Critic Fired For Reviewing Movie
So piracy is illegal. But where is the line between aggressive reporting/reviewing and encouraging illegal behavior? If the movie is out there. If people are talking about it (and they are). What's the journalist's responsibility? It's not up to journalists to police the law.
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. Then the News Corporation weighed in with its own statement, saying it asked had Fox News to remove the column from its Web site. (It did.)
Over the weekend, the Web site Deadline Hollywood Daily reported that Mr. Friedman had been dismissed. Sure enough, on Sunday came a revised statement from the News Corporation. "When we advised Fox News of the facts," the statement said, "they promptly terminated Mr. Friedman."