Hacker Journalist: Tucker Carlson Targeted!

The Tampa Bay Times recently reported that 45-year-old journalist Tim Burke was arrested and charged with conspiracy, unauthorized computer access, and intercepting communications. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents seized computers and electronic devices from Burke’s home in 2023, claiming that he and another individual used “compromised credentials” to access and retain private commercial broadcast footage and share them anonymously.

Burke, previously employed at leftist outlets Deadspin and the Daily Beast, is currently operating a media and political consulting company that produces a wide range of video content for high-profile clients like HBO and ESPN. His wife, Tampa City Council member Lynn Hurtak, defended him in court and in a statement, expressing confidence in his innocence.


Burke’s lawyers, Michael Maddux and Mark Rasch, argued that their client’s actions were constitutionally protected digital journalism. They claimed that there was no hacking involved, but rather good investigative journalism.


The leaked footage of Tucker Carlson was intended to harm the former Fox News host but had the opposite effect. In one clip, Carlson spoke against employing liberals at Fox News and criticized the use of pronouns.


This case raises questions about the balance between privacy, hacking, and the role of journalism in the digital age. While hacking is widely condemned, the line between legitimate investigative journalism and illegal activity can sometimes be blurred.

In addition to the charges related to Fox News, the indictment also accuses Burke of accessing a file transfer protocol server for “one of the major sports leagues in North America.” This further complicates the case and raises concerns about the extent of his alleged actions.


As the case unfolds, it will likely spark a broader conversation about the ethics of digital journalism and the responsibilities of journalists to protect privacy while pursuing the truth. The outcome of this case could have significant implications for the future of digital media and the boundaries of journalistic practices.