Fox News Chairman Tells Staff to ‘Understand that Black Lives Matter’

Based on recent coverage, it’s unclear whether the network’s talking heads are receptive to Lachlan Murdoch’s message
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Either Fox Corporation executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch doesn’t watch his own network or even he’s getting a little sick of the ravings of some of his talking heads.

Murdoch issued a memo to staffers on Monday, saying, in part, “The events that have unfolded over the past week have left me shocked and saddened. Each of you has been in my thoughts as we watch the tragic death of George Floyd continue to cause immense pain and spark important discussions around the country. It is essential that we grieve with the Floyd family, closely listen to the voices of peaceful protest and fundamentally understand that black lives matter.”

The New York Times’ Ben Smith tweeted the memo, noting, “Long way from Tucker Carlson’s monologue last night.”

Indeed Carlson let loose an extended tantrum Monday, complaining that Donald Trump has not been draconian enough in cracking down on protestors. He was particularly upset that demonstrators reportedly chased a Fox News reporter out of Lafayette Park over the weekend.

“If you can’t keep a Fox News correspondent from getting attacked directly across the street from your house, how can you protect my family?” Carlson said. “How are you going to protect the country? How are you trying?”

“On Twitter the next morning,” Carlson continued, “the president reassured America that he and his family were just fine. The federally funded bodyguards had kept them safe. He did not mention protecting the rest of the nation, much of which was then on fire. He seemed aware only of himself.”

However, Carlson had no problem when law enforcement used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear protestors from the park so Trump could have a photo op on Monday.

It’s also possible Carlson’s upset that Trump has yet to fully make good on his May 29 Twitter threat, in which he evoked 1960s racism with the line, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” which Twitter was quick to flag for violating its policy against violence.

Murdoch went on to assure his employees that, “The FOX culture embraces and fosters diversity and inclusion. Often we speak of the ‘FOX Family,’ and never has the need to depend on and care for that family been more important. We support our Black colleagues and the Black community, as we all unite to seek equality and understanding.”


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