Modern Family Co-Creator Blasts Bosses Over Fox News Coverage of Migrant Children
With its coverage of the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy of separating children from their parents at the Southern U.S. border, Fox News may have finally found the critical point that turns their talent against them.
The wave began with Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane and producer Judd Apatow—both of whom are known for vocalizing their views on Twitter.
While each took issue with Fox News, it was Apatow who criticized those employed by Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox. "We all choose who to work with," he tweeted. "I understand why that is easier for some than others but many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this." Apatow has not worked with Fox since 2002, according to his tweet.
On Monday, he asked for more people to stand in opposition to their employer. "Fox is like the NRA to politicians," he said. "If they said this is too far the President would stop this [monstrous] behavior."
"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," he added.
Here's who, exactly, is standing with the men so far in opposition to the Murdoch family and Fox News.
What she said:
On her show, The Ingraham Angle, the host likened the detention centers where children are being held to "summer camps." (Ingraham later adjusted her comment, instead comparing the detention centers to "boarding schools.")
Steve Levitan, co-showrunner of Modern Family (ABC).
Levitan, who has an "overall deal" with 20th Century Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter, said he was "disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do" with Fox News. He added, "this bulls— is the opposite of what Modern Family stands for."
What he said:
On his Fox News show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, the talking head warned, "If you're looking to understand what's actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they're telling you on the big news stations."
Seth McFarlane, creator of Family Guy (Fox).
In reaction to the quote pulled by Brian Stelter, McFarlane tweeted, "In other words, don't think critically, don't consult multiple news sources, and in general, don't use your brain."
He went on to call Carlson's remarks "fringe s—," adding, "it's business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company."
Meanwhile, though she's not employed directly by Fox News, regular contributor Ann Coulter has referred to the children as "crisis actors." Donald Trump Jr. recently "liked" a tweet in reference to her comment.
Whether Levitan or McFarlane pull a Catt Sadler and decide to step away from their employer over these differences remains to be seen. Only time will tell if more of those employed by Fox will take a stand against their employer.