Hollywood creators and stars criticise Fox News over family separation coverage

Hollywood creators and stars criticise Fox News over family separation coverage

Hollywood creators and stars criticise Fox News over family separation coverage

"This bullshit is the opposite of what "Modern Family" stands for".

That provoked an angry tweet from MacFarlane, who wrote, "In other words, don't think critically, don't consult multiple news sources, and in general, don't use your brain". On Sunday, MacFarlane tweeted that he was "embarrassed to work for this company" after pointing to a remark by Fox News' Tucker Carlson that viewers should assume the opposite of what major news stations reported.

Power players behind the likes of Modern Family and Family Guy are piling pressure on the entertainment giant that employs them, hoping that the right-wing Fox News will temper its unwavering support for the Trump administration.

"Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan announced Tuesday that he will leave Fox's TV production studio, citing his personal disgust with Fox News as the reason.

Levitan was responding to a tweet that quoted Fox News host Laura Ingraham on air describing child detention centers on the USA border as "essentially summer camps" or "boarding schools".

He later issued a statement, published by Deadline, through his agent: "I have great respect and admiration for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice and everyone at 20th Century Fox TV studio who have all treated me so well for nearly two decades".

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Much of the anger has centered around Fox News's reporting of US President Donald Trump's move to forcibly separate migrant children from their parents at the southern border, which some see as deliberately misleading.

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Feig, who helmed the 2016 Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy, which was distributed by 20th Century Fox, tweeted that he "cannot condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children".

Ralph Peters, who had until recently worked as a regular contributor for Fox News, recently said the company had shifted from a conservative news outlet "to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration".

On Monday, Apatow, who said he hasn't worked for Fox since 2002, urged "Fox stars and executives" to speak out against the news network.

"Let me officially join @SethMacFarlanein saying I'm disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews, " Levitan wrote.

One Fox News personality in particular has been taking heat: Laura Ingraham of "The Ingraham Angle", who sparked outrage by comparing child detention centres to "summer camps".

Actor Adam Scott, who now stars in Fox's Ghosted, also chastised Fox News following Ingraham's summer camp comparison. A successful sale would make Fox News an even more significant portion of the company's business.

Both Ingraham and fellow anchor Sean Hannity - seen as one of Trump's closest unofficial aides - have been hit by advertiser boycotts. The ownership of the 20th Century Fox television and film studios, which are sister companies to Fox News, are now up for grabs, the subject of a bidding war between Disney and Comcast. "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".

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