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Fox's James Murdoch slams Trump's Charlottesville response

19 August 2017

James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has pledged $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League according to the New York Times.

He ends with a paragraph offering perhaps the boldest statement in the missive - he and his wife Kathryn will be donating $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League to continue the fight against hate.

James wrote "Trump's response to Charlottesville should concern all Americans and free people". Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.

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The president has drawn widespread and bipartisan criticism for his comments at a Trump Tower news conference where he insisted that "both sides" were to blame for violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville where a counter-protester was killed. Clearly, he changed his tune following the election, as Fox News' coverage has been pro-Trump all the way, save for Shepard Smith's periodic afternoon pushbacks and the occasional sardonic take from Chris Wallace. In the email, he decried the "brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob".

His $1 million donation to the Anti-Defamation League is laudable.

Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a staff email obtained by THR earlier this week: "We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. It is about human decency and morality".

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Murdoch is the latest executive to lash out at the president. When President Trump makes 180-degree turns on a slew of issues, the Fox News hosts shouldn't be darting and dashing to catch up or denying that the president has reversed himself. You can read the full text of his memo here.

The younger Murdoch begins his letter by saying he was writing "in a personal capacity, as a concerned citizen and a father", but he went on to highlight how his business had tried to contribute to a diverse and tolerant society.

James certainly sends a message by adding "terrorists" to the list of groups that should never be considered to have any "good" (or as Trump said about Nazis, "fine") people. Often times not everyone agrees with the stories and positions that emerge from this, and that can be hard.

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Fox's James Murdoch slams Trump's Charlottesville response