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Michael Moore indicts Fox News

(Grand Central Publishing)

“I’m interested to see what happens with Fox News and phone hacking,” said Moore during an onstage conversation with actor Susan Sarandon at the Tribeca film festival on Sunday. “I really can’t believe it just happens in Great Britain. Because really, who cares about just hacking phones over there?

“I’ll make a prediction about something — I think the phone-hacking thing Murdoch is involved in ... is going to be investigated, and it will be found that it’s been going on here too,” said the documentary film-maker. “I just have a gut feeling.”

Feelings, no matter from what body part they hail, shouldn’t generally guide anyone’s statements about potential illegal behavior by a company. (Fox News has the same parent company — News Corp. — as the News of the World, the now-closed British tabloid at the center of the phone-hacking scandal.) Fox News may not always follow the Poynter Bible of Journoethics, but to associate it with phone-hacking absent a shred of evidence is just the sort of garbage you might expect from...some blowhard speaking at a film festival. Especially considering that investigative scoops aren’t exactly what has propelled Fox News to the top of the cable news ratings. Can Moore name five Fox News stories that appear to have benefited from British-style subterfuge reporting?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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