On Saturday, comedian and television show creator Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter to express his outrage at views being expressed on Fox News. Now, to back up his criticism, he’s also taking action. He’ll be donating $500,000 to Pasadena-based public radio station KPCC, and another $2 million to NPR.
In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company. https://t.co/kC7MPYxdgZ
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 16, 2018
The majority of the funds MacFarlane is donating will go to NPR’s Collaborative Journalism Network, a special program founded by NPR in 2011 that helps empower journalists working around the world, particularly ones who are based in rural areas, underserved markets, and “news deserts.” The program has been NPR’s way of pushing back against the closing of regional bureaus and local news publications, which is seen by some as a factor in the rise of cable television news as the primary source for information in entire swaths of the country.
“We are deeply appreciative of the generous gift from Seth MacFarlane, which will go to supporting local news coverage, allowing NPR and member stations to continue working together to tell the story of the whole country, from everywhere in the country,” an NPR spokesperson said in a statement published by Deadline.
Locally, Southern California Public Radio and KPCC are expected to apply their portion of MacFarlane’s gift to supporting local public radio reporting projects.
MacFarlane was not the only person from Fox’s entertainment divisions to express their anger at Fox News recently, as the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border continues and the coverage of the situation on Fox News diverges sharply from coverage in much of the rest of the news media. Steve Levitan, of 20th Century Fox show Modern Family, publicly condemned Fox News, and Judd Apatow, who has refused to work with Fox for several years, made a call for other creatives to withhold any work for the company, Yahoo reports.
This all comes as Disney and Comcast appear to be preparing for an active bidding war to take over the entertainment portions of the Fox empire. A purchase by either corporation would sever the tie between Fox News and MacFarlane and Levitan’s current employer.
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