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Tensions are reportedly rising within Fox News, as the network attracts more criticism for its coverage of the recent protests against racism and police brutality.
Despite complaints from some of their black colleagues, Fox’s on-air talent has continued to disparage the Black Lives Matter movement and warn America is “under attack.” Host Tucker Carlson’s top writer was also recently forced out over past racist and sexist posts online.
Two people familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch personally approved what Carlson would say in his defensive Monday remarks addressing the exit of his top writer. Despite demands from Fox News executives that he pre-tape the segment and strike a conciliatory tone, Carlson barely sounded apologetic, knowing he had the full backing of the Murdoch heir.
A rep for Murdoch did not respond to a request for comment. But The Daily Beast spoke to more than a dozen Fox News insiders, who all suggested that behind the scenes there is a growing despair among employees about the network’s role in demonizing and spreading fear about Black Americans in particular.
The White House appears to have (at least temporarily) suspended its efforts to block Dr Anthony Fauci from appearing on TV.
PBS NewsHour said the infectious disease expert would appear on its 6 pm ET program tonight for an interview with anchor Judy Woodruff.
TONIGHT: @JudyWoodruff interviews Dr. Anthony Fauci on the continued rise of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and what the federal government needs to do now.