Seth MacFarlane Donates to NPR, KPCC After Slamming Fox News

20 June, 2018, 06:05 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • 'Modern Family' creator joins Judd Apatow, Seth MacFarlane in condemning Fox News

"The Orville" star's philanthropy comes on the heels of MacFarlane decrying Fox News over the weekend for "fringe" tactics that make him "embarrassed" to work for the larger company.

The biggest rebuke came from "Modern Family" showrunner Steve Levitan, who announced Tuesday that he will be "setting up shop elsewhere".

"I have great respect for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice, and everyone at 20th Century Fox Studios who have all treated me so well for two decades", he said.

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It started with a Seth MacFarlane tweet condemning 20th Century Fox and Fox News. "But I too can not condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children", Feig tweeted. And predictably, Fox News has toed the commander-in-chief's line, with Laura Ingraham on Monday going so far as to dub these establishments "essentially summer camps [or] boarding schools".

In a series of tweets, Apatow also laid into the network and its acting CEO, 87-year-old Rupert Murdoch.

Of Carlson's comments, MacFarlane tweeted, "In other words, don't think critically, don't consult multiple news sources, and in general, don't use your brain". Variety just shared a statement provided by his agent, UTA's Jay Sures: "I have great respect and admiration for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice, and everyone at 20th Century Fox Studios who have all treated me so well for nearly 2 decades".

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Tensions between Fox News and the company's entertainment operations have flared in recent days, fueled by concerns about how the news station is covering immigration. "How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?" "Just blindly obey Fox News" MacFarlane wrote Saturday in response to a tweet from CNN's Brian Stelter, who quoted Carlson's plea.

The move is a concerning one as other major media players have signaled dissatisfaction with working for companies who have parent organizations affiliated with Fox News.

"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", Apatow tweeted Tuesday morning.

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