Tucker in The News

Tucker in The News
22 feb 2024 · 3 min. 18 sec.

The indictment of investigative journalist Timothy Burke for allegedly hacking Fox News systems to obtain leaked footage of former primetime host Tucker Carlson has sparked intense debate around the ethical...

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The indictment of investigative journalist Timothy Burke for allegedly hacking Fox News systems to obtain leaked footage of former primetime host Tucker Carlson has sparked intense debate around the ethical boundaries of journalistic reporting in the digital age.
Burke, an acclaimed investigative reporter known for unearthing obscure online content, was charged on Thursday with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit computer hacking and unauthorized access into Fox News' internal systems. The charges stem from leaked videos that surfaced last spring showing Carlson making inflammatory remarks about a Dominion Voting Systems lawyer and the Fox Nation streaming service.
Federal prosecutors claim that Burke "unlawfully obtained, accessed, and exploited" Fox News' confidential video archives through unauthorized means, crossing ethical and legal lines. However, Burke's lawyer Mark Rasch contends that his client simply used his digital investigation skills to locate videos that were already publicly accessible online, albeit obscured.
"If something is public, unencrypted, and unprotected, then there's no crime in a journalist finding, reviewing, and reporting on it, even if the subjects wish it suppressed. That's journalism in the digital age," Rasch stated.
The videos in question contained damaging soundbites from Carlson, who departed Fox News shortly before the leaks emerged. In one clip, Carlson is heard referring to a Dominion lawyer who had contacted him as a "slimy little mother fucker" who had "triggered" him. Dominion later sued Fox News for defamation over election fraud claims and settled for $787.5 million. In another video, Carlson disparages the Fox Nation streaming platform, saying "nobody watches" because "the site sucks."
While federal prosecutors argue Burke crossed ethical lines to obtain the videos, his defenders contend he merely exposed newsworthy footage Fox News wanted suppressed, acting firmly within the bounds of investigative journalism.
The indictment has sparked fierce debate around the legality and ethics of digital reporting techniques used to unearth obscure information. Some argue that scraping public platforms and obscure corners of the internet is fair game for journalists exposing wrongdoing. Others contend it enables dangerous invasions of privacy and security.
The case against Burke will have massive implications for the future of investigative journalism in the Internet era. At its core is the question of where precisely the line lies between resourceful reporting through public platforms versus outright unethical hacking. The outcome is sure to shape digitally focused-journalism for years to come. Thanks for listening to Quiet Please. Remember to like and share wherever you get your podcasts. And Hey! History buffs, buckle up! Talking Time Machine isn't your dusty textbook lecture. It's where cutting-edge AI throws wild interview parties with history's iconic figures. In the Talking Time Machine podcast: History Gets a High-Tech Twist, Imagine: Napoleon Bonaparte talking French Politics with Louis the 14th! This podcast is futuristically insightful. Our AI host grills historical legends with questions based on real historical context, leading to surprising, thought-provoking, and often mind-blowing answers. Whether you're a history geek, a tech junkie, or just love a good interview, Talking Time Machine has something for you. Talking Time Machine: search, subscribe and (Listen Now!)
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