Fox CEO Donates $1 Million To Fight Nazis

The New York Times reports:

James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox and the son of a frequent ally of President Trump’s, condemned the president’s performance after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and pledged to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.

In an email on Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times and confirmed as authentic by a spokesman for Mr. Murdoch’s company, the Fox scion gave an extraordinarily candid statement against the white supremacist sentiment that swept through Virginia last weekend. It was also the most outspoken that a member of the Murdoch family has been in response to the week’s events.

Mr. Murdoch’s father, Rupert Murdoch, is a conservative media mogul who has become an informal adviser to Mr. Trump, recently dining with the president in the White House residence. The younger Mr. Murdoch has been less outspoken about his political views, making the email even more surprising.

More from the AV Club:

In his memo to his employees today, Murdoch talked about the need to denounce Nazis, wherever they pop up. “I can’t even believe I have to write this,” he states. “Standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.”

Murdoch also briefly called out Trump specifically, writing that “what we watched this last week in Charlottesville, and the reaction to it by the President of the United States, concern all of us as Americans and free people.”

  • TrueWords
  • swimboy

    Does Trump have *any* friends left who aren’t literally, you know, Nazis?

    • Todd20036

      Nope. His infrastructure plan is dead. His “healthcare” plan is dead, his wall is dead, he’s basically a lame duck president.

      No democrat will side with a Nazi, and enough GOPers are sick of Trump that they will be able to block anything major.

      And Chump is no where near as intelligent as Obama, so he won’t be able to craft anything on his own.

      Businesses won’t work with him because working with a Nazi isn’t profitable.

      The wealthy won’t get their tax cuts because again, no tax legislation will pass unless it raises taxes on the wealthiest.

      In other words, because Trump endorsed Nazis, only Nazis like him anymore

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        It’s Lindsey Graham’s fault.

        • Todd20036

          That Nellie quisling had her doubts about Trump and STILL did nothing to stop him. Hell, she voted for him

          • FAEN

            But as she likes to point out, she didn’t endorse him. Like that’s supposed to make it all better. 🙄.

        • Dagoril

          Oh the irony. Lindsey Graham saves the republic! 😉

      • FAEN

        If only his attack on immigrants were DOA as well. There is a virtual SS squad roaming around.

      • ColdCountry

        I hope you’re right!

    • Smokey

      Does tRump have ANY friends? (Other than his paid acolytes that is.)

  • Joe in PA
    • GayOldLady

      I love Mike!!!!

      • Todd20036

        A lot of us do. But for one or two of us, our love seeps into carnal leanings.
        Not me of course, I’m so classy, I ooze good taste out of every orifice!

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          It tastes that good, huh? Hmmm

        • Joe in PA
        • FAEN

          Michaelangelo is a hot man on many levels.

        • GayOldLady

          Right! 😉

        • Ginger Snap

          Oozing tasty orifice, count me in.

        • ColdCountry

          Suuuuuure, Todd.

        • MT YVR

          You got a lil good taste.. nnn… right.. (gestures to mouth) there… Yep. Yep. There. Thaaat got it.

          😛

    • TrueWords

      Bottom line this is JUST insurance money and a public relations scheme to make sure that they “appear” to be on the right side of things as things continue to go south for Trump…

      One million dollars is what this company makes in 5-10 minutes via interest earnings…so no sweat off their backs

      Once this is over it will be business as usual

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    • FAEN

      Love him and his show.

    • BobSF_94117

      I sort of don’t want him to end it. He and his brother have big plans to mainstream Fox News by toning it down. But not all the way down. It’ll still be solidly right-wing and infest the planet.

      I’d rather it go down as it is.

    • bsinps

      They Payed tens of millions more to keep women quiet from suing news casters.

    • Schlukitz

      Exactly. Like dropping a quarter in the RCC collection basket.

      • David Walker

        Yeppers. Good to see you again.

        • Schlukitz

          Likewise.

  • skyweaver

    I know nothing about this guy and I’m jaded from having watched Rethuglicans for so many years. But my first thought is “deflection”. So that some talking head in the future can equate the name Murdoch, Fox News and donation to fight Nazis.

  • Gustav2

    Did Sean Hammity and Cucker Tarson get the memo? What about Fox and Fiends?

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Pssst, Mr. Murdoch, the billions of dollars of air time you donated to get Trump elected really badly cancels out the million you’re giving the ADL. Fail. Sad.

    • Todd20036

      I was thinking that. The conspiracy theories against Clinton, the glossing over of Trump’s crimes during the campaign.
      That being said, symbolically, it’s rather important that a Murdoch is giving money against Drumpf.

      • ColdCountry

        I agree. There is no way they can take back what they’ve done, but this speaking out, even if quietly, is important.

    • Rudolph, son of a Jewish mother – is Jewish.

  • Tawreos

    His dad is going to be so pissed at him for giving away money to help fight his audience.

    • ColdCountry

      And if that is true, then this gift has a LOT of significance.

    • No, dad is the son of a Jewish mother and hence – Jewish.

  • Smokey

    “Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.”
    Not quite true, it compromises about a third of the Repug base which means they’ll have to work harder at voter suppression.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    Blood money.

    • SockMikey

      Most of the Republicans are giving Trump a Multipass.

  • Ben in Oakland

    More class than dear old dad, unless he’s just buying his way out of bad branding.

    • Bluto

      Go with your purchase thought, no class involved.

  • Harveyrabbit

    Pathetic and transparent attempt to make him and FOX look like they’re anti-Nazi. Fortunately most of us know better.

    • Todd20036

      The only ones who’ll be “convinced” are Fox fuckers who believe there was actually a kiddie sex trade under a DC pizza parlor with no basement.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Patient zero gives money to stop the virus he willingly and with malice turned into a nazi plague

  • barrixines

    James Murdoch can give out a million dollars a day for the rest of his life and it will not skim the surface in addressing the damage his poisonous family have done to the world.

    • ColdCountry

      He could, sure, but he hasn’t. Until now he hasn’t given anything, has he? I’m not going to diss him for it, especially as it goes against Trump. He has to know it will piss the ass off, and perhaps his father as well. Yes, it could all be part of a master plan, but I haven’t have enough coffee to indulge in conspiracy theories, yet. For now, take the money, says ‘thank you,’ and put it to good use.

  • crewman

    A bit OT:
    Time to start shining a light on the 200-300 militias that have armed themselves and trained for civil war around the country. Many of these are not ostensibly about white supremacy, but scratch beneath the surface, and I’ll bet nearly all of them are.

    • David Walker

      A friend and I discussed this at lunch yesterday. Both of us have the feeling that getting rid of 45 will not end quietly. Frankly, I don’t see how anyone can think that. They’ve proved themselves thugs, itching for a fight, and showing how Murkan they are. Getting him out of office (and into jail?) is definitely what we need, but we also need to be ready for the consequences. What Nixon did caused very few people (can’t prove it) to go and do likewise. The hornets’ nests that 45 has stirred up will be even more horrible. They may be forced back into the shadows, but you can be sure they intend to leave a scar before they go.

    • Professor Barnhardt
  • Ninja0980

    If you wouldn’t give so much airtime to Trump and other racists, you wouldn’t have to make this donation idiot.

    • Schlukitz

      Thank you very much!

  • Michael R
  • FAEN

    Yeah but what about the Nazi’s on your channel?

  • popebuck1

    Anyone else having Dr. Evil flashbacks? “One… MILLION… dollars!”

  • Jefe5084

    Oh for fuck’s sake. For him, it’s like donating a damned dime. Big Fucking Deal. After all the damage your fucking family has done with Fox and your other endeavors.

    • Ken M

      I’ll take that dime, and if the ADL is smart, so will they. Wars of any type require financing. Let ADL use it against FOX if it chooses, but do not turn it away.

    • ColdCountry

      I dunno about condemning the son for the actions of the father. Do we know any of his politics? Could very well be that, for him, a line has been crossed.

      • No, Rudolph is the son of a Jewish Australian mother.

        • ColdCountry

          What does that have to do with it?

    • Beagle

      It’s a start.

  • olandp

    IF he really wanted to do something, he could fire a few of them.

  • BearEyes

    You’ve got to be kidding
    Fox owns this crap after 40 years of lies and propaganda repeating the rethug line

  • Hanwi

    I’m betting that check gets lost in the mail…..

  • Ken M

    A few side notes before we all say “big f*cking deal.”
    1) he’s been CEO less than 2 years
    2) during that time he has given $1-$5 million to The Clinton Foundation. Most in 2015
    3) he is also on the BOD for Elon Musk’s company Tesla
    4)Quadrivium, http://www.qdvm.org/#quadrivium check it out.
    Before we judge him as Rupert’s puppet son, let’s check him out as an individual. Remember being CEO doesn’t mean the BOD can’t fire him.

  • -M-

    He should consider having, “Nazis are bad.” permanently etched on the TelePrompTers for Hannity, Fox and Friends, Carlson …

    Or he could just fire them.

  • LovesIrony

    and yet you welcome on your shows and thank him saying things like, ” it’s alway great to talk with you tony.” a man so connected to david duke, any nonracist would find repugnant. YOU, fuked news have been setting kindling all over this nation and you got who you wanted as president….so take you fighting nazi shit and shove it up sean hannity’s ass. when you fire this apologist for racists and donate his salary then maybe, just maybe I wont think of you as such a fucking goebbels gonad

    • Schlukitz

      +1000

  • aagold76 .

    The Murdoch’s make a million dollars a day- this is pitiful- they are the ones who have led to racist face of this country for years on their fake news channel. They could pledge $1 billion and it wouldn’t make up for all the harm they’ve done!

  • Schlukitz

    I’m confused?

    Why are we, the victims of bigotry, hatred, homophobia, etc., etc., etc, required to raise money and spend entire lifetimes fighting people who are legally allowed to say that they want to murder us, in the first place???

  • The_Wretched

    I sort of think if you have a million in ready cash…the cash could be used better elsewhere.

  • Rupert Murdoch’s father Sir Keith Murdoch attained his prominent position in Australian society through a fortuitous marriage to the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family, née Elisabeth Joy Greene. Through his wife’s connections, Keith Murdoch was subsequently promoted from reporter to chairman of the British-owned newspaper where he worked.
    Rupert through his Jewish mother is considered Jewish – whether he wants to be or not. When will Kushner’s wealth be distributed against the KKK? He needs to step up to the plate for his Jewish grandparent who was interned in a Nazi concentration camp.

  • Rich

    Did he cut Hannity’s salary by $1 million? If he wants to fight a Nazi, he should start with his own.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      HEYOOO

  • Dagoril

    Others have pointed out that the guy has had a hand in bringing us to this point.

    I will give him credit with the verbiage though. Republicans, take note. This is what you say if you want to be on the right side of history. You name names. And you uncategorically denounce the bad guys for what they are. None of this wishy-washy milquetoast crap.

  • JWC

    poinigant and direct good comment and still very very little from the GOP

  • boatboy_srq

    For a Fortune 100 CEO, $1M is chump change. How about some material contribution: say, two hours a week of some community service accurately chronicling and denouncing Reichwing extremism – perhaps the Tuesday and Thursday 6 pm news slots on Fauxnews?

  • Cuberly

    Money made through the poison he sells. Remember the racism of O’Rilley? The fact they routinely reported on and exploited birtherism?

    Just as there’s no such thing as a good Nazi there’s no such thing as a good Murdoch.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Perhaps he can do something about Faux programming, too, or is that something beyond the ability of a CEO to influence?