Fox Censors Alec Baldwin’s Phone-hacking Joke out of Emmys

As reported by Mary Elizabeth Williams in a Salon.com article titled Can’t Rupert Murdoch take a joke?”“As part of a pretaped satirical bit that was to air during the opening of the show, Emmy-winner Alec Baldwin played a fictional network president talking on the phone - - and worked in a zinger about Rupert Murdoch listening in.” Baldwin had tweeted “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little.”

In a Letter responding to that article I wrote:

Fox IS a Joke and Murdoch is Evil

“Alec Baldwin’s joke was funny, timely, and fit in with the roles he plays. The censorship was inexcusable but understandable given that the phone hacking most likely was done by Murdoch et al on a much larger scale than has been disclosed so far.

“When Murdoch took over the Wall Street Journal and Barrons I stopped reading them because I’m not into fiction. That’s also why I don’t watch Fox “News”.

“More important than the question of Murdoch not being able to take a joke is the question of what evil deeds he’s planned and been perpetrating in furtherance of a unitary Orwellian “Ministry of Truth” owned and directed by himself.

“How sad that his henchmen would reach down to squelch even light hearted jokes. Alec was right. Now Fox and NewsCorp look even worse.”

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