It’s no secret that Fox News is a pet favorite of President Trump. While he routinely refers to CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times as “fake news,” Trump has nothing but praise for his favorite show, Fox & Friends. The fact that Fox News is news-based entertainment, meant to affirm previously held biases, has made their relationship with Trump a bit complicated.
Some stars on Fox, which lives under the same umbrella as Fox News, have begun to speak out against the network and what they perceive to be damage being done to the country under their guidance. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane was one of the first to speak up, following Fox News host Tucker Carlson telling viewers to “always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.”
“In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain,” said MacFarlane, who has reportedly donated $2 million to National Public Radio (NPR).
This uprising against Fox News began in part due to the border crisis spurred by Trump administration’s immigration policy. There have been reports of young children being put in cages inside facilities, and audio clips of guards mocking their crying.
The president has maintained this is a necessary evil, stating: “I don’t want children taken away from parents, and when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally — which should happen — you have to take the children away.”
Trump continues to blame Democrats, who he is trying to pressure into supporting legislation that includes building a border wall that could cost anywhere from $20 billion to $70 billion to build. That doesn’t include the $150 million per year to maintain the wall. Many believe that choosing to prosecute undocumented immigrants is a cruel negotiation tactic on the part of the president, using imprisoned children as leverage.
Thus far, few on Fox News have spoken out against the president or condemned these practices. Host Laura Ingraham, who is no stranger to saying things that get her into trouble these days, referred to the facilities holding the children as “essentially summer camps.”
Filmmaker Judd Apatow joined MacFarlane in speaking out recently. Apatow has produced movies and television series under the Fox umbrella, including Freaks and Geeks. Here is the statement Apatow made, via his Twitter account:
People don’t want to deal with the fact that when you work for any part of Fox you are supporting a family which has made billions lying and manipulating our citizens for their personal financial gain. Now that includes supporting the kidnapping of children. That’s your boss.
The MURDOCH family is part of this torturing of children. They own the propaganda machine. Fox stars and show runners should speak up! Journalists and athletes should speak up! Maybe their executives should speak up! @SethMacFarlane can’t be the only one with a conscience.
Another Fox star to step up is Steve Levitan, creator of Modern Family. He also took to his Twitter account to make the following statement:
Fox Studio has been a wonderful home for most of my career – so many amazing people there who share the concerns about @FoxNews but aren’t in the position to speak out … I have no problem with fact-based conservatism (such as WSJ), but @FoxNew’s 23-hour-a-day support of the NRA, conspiracy theories and Trump’s lies gets harder to swallow every day as I drive onto that lot to make a show about inclusion … I look forward to seeing #ModernFamily through to the end and then, sale or no sale, setting up shop elsewhere.
After Levitan came Paul Feig, who has a movie deal with Fox and has made such films as Spy and The Heat with the studio. Responding to Levitan’s tweets, Feig stated:
I have made two films for 20th Century Fox and love the people in the movie and TV divisions. But I too cannot condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children.
So long as the administration continues to put children in cages and Fox News refuses to condemn the practice, more and more stars will begin to speak out. Even if it means negative ramifications for their relationship with their employer.