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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Fox Critic Gets the Axe for Reviewing Pirated 'X-Men' Movie

Fox News fired online columnist Roger Friedman this week. His sin? Reviewing a pirated, partially-finished version of Fox's forthcoming 'X Men Origins: Wolverine.'

I have to say, I respect the impulse to do something journalistically innovative and review a partially-finished movie pulled down from a file-sharing site. What could be more contemporary? But I also feel like movie criticism involves reviewing movies when they're done... and also not encouraging readers to do things that chisel away at the economic model of actually making movies.

Some great analysis on this from Michael Wolff.

(Would Fox News have done the same if Friedman had reviewed the pirated version of another studio's film? I'm not so certain...)

Your take?

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