“Two creators of major television shows affiliated with 21st Century Fox say they are increasingly embarrassed to work for the same company that owns Fox News, especially because of the news outlet’s favorable coverage of President Donald Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S. border,” NBC News reports.
“Seth MacFarlane, creator of a variety of Fox network shows including ‘Family Guy,’ and Steve Levitan, co-creator of ‘Modern Family,’ which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV, both recently expressed their personal conflicts in working under 21st Century Fox, which owns the Fox television network as well as Fox News,” the story reports.
After a Fox News segment in which Tucker Carlson told viewers to believe the opposite of what the media reports, MacFarlane sent out a tweet in which he wrote: “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.”
Levitan referenced a comment Monday by Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who said immigrant detention centers are “essentially summer camps.”
“Let me officially join @SethMacFarlane in saying I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews,” Levitan tweeted. “This bullshit is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for.”
Levitan also suggested that he intends to part ways with Fox after “Modern Family” ends its run, although he later softened his position.
Others in the business including filmmaker Judd Apatow and producer and director Paul Feig expressed similar sentiments, and Mat Baxter, global CEO of the ad agency Initiative, suggested the criticism of Fox News may be spreading to 21st Century Fox.
NBC News quotes Baxter saying: “A lot of people are embarrassed to be associated with the brand because of Fox News.” He also described the relationship between Fox TV partners and Fox News as a “commercial and corporate challenge.”
Added Baxter: “Yes, they get good ratings and there’s a certain segment of the audience that watches. But we have a lot of clients in the last six to 12 months who have pulled their business off Fox News and will now not support Fox News because it is too risky.”