Public backlash is mounting against the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that strips children of immigrants from their parents, confining young children to makeshift facilities that hearken back to America’s woeful imprisonment of Japanese-Americans in internment camps during the Second World War.
While people throughout the world are horrified at the disturbing images of caged, crying children, Fox News personalities have taken to the airwaves in defence of the controversial policy. This is not sitting well with some of those who work for the Fox TV network, which, like Fox News, is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
“Family Guy”/”The Orville” star Seth MacFarlane was the first powerful Fox-employed celebrity to speak out, tweeting that he’s “embarrassed” to work for Fox.
Now Judd Apatow is coming forward to urge other Fox talent to speak out against Fox News’ coverage, blasting the right-leaning cable news network in a series of tweets. Claiming the Murdoch family “promotes evil ideas and greed and corruption,” he declared that “many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this.”
Blasting U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as “a f**king kidnapper,” Apatow asks, “Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?! Imagine if it was your kids… How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?”
With the exception of MacFarlane, said Apatow in a subsequent tweet, “I haven’t seen one new powerful person who works for or at Fox stand up and say they oppose their support of these cruel policies. Not one.”
Following Apatow’s tweets, “Modern Family” creator Steve Levitan added his voice to the chorus (“Modern Family” airs on ABC, but is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios), declaring he’s “disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews” and earning the thanks of Apatow.
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.”
Fox News host Laura Ingraham defended her comments comparing the child detention centres to “summer camps” by citing a report on the detention facilities published in the San Diego Union Tribune, with a spokesperson for Fox News requesting that ET Canada include Ingraham’s comments in this story.
“Apparently there are a lot of people very upset because we referred to some of the detention facilities tonight as essentially like summer camps. The San Diego Union Tribune today described the facilities as essentially like what you would expect at a boarding school,” she said on Monday’s edition of “The Ingraham Angle”. “So I will stick to there are some of them like boarding schools.”
The article in question said, “Many elements of Casa San Diego, an El Cajon facility for unaccompanied children who arrived at the southern border, seem like what one would expect from a boarding school.”
The article also went on to add, “On closer inspection, details about the California-licensed child care facility run by Southwest Key Programs reflect the situation of the children it serves… It’s surrounded by fencing that is backed by privacy netting, and a sign at the gate warns visitors that it’s under video surveillance 24 hours per day. If someone opens the front door of the facility without first swiping a badge, an alarm blares through the hallway, warning of a potential escape.”
Ingraham continued: “And I suggest that a lot of the folks who are worried about that spend more time in Central America. I have. And we should make adoption easier for American couples who want to adopt these kids who are true candidates for adoption because our policies don’t allow that. So let’s put our hearts out there for the kids in the right way. Take care of them the right way. Open your hearts and your homes to them.”
Fox News also requested that the following statement be added, attributed to Fox News: “Laura Ingraham’s very personal, on-the-ground commitment to the plight of impoverished and abandoned children — specifically in Guatemala — speaks for itself. So too does her strong belief in a commonsense, legal immigration system, which will continue to be a focus of her show. Fox News will never tolerate or give in to attempts to silence diverse viewpoints by agenda-driven intimidation efforts.”
Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor and gun-control activist David Hogg, however, is calling on the public to pressure Ingraham’s advertisers over her comments.
Also taking heat has been pundit Ann Coulter, who appeared on Fox News to make the entirely baseless claim that the children in detention centres that are seen on camera are actually child actors.
“I would also say one other thing, these child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now — do not fall for it, Mr. President,” Coulter said on “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton”, adding: “I get very nervous about the president getting his news from TV.”
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, however, had the perfect response to that outrageous statement.
As the controversy deepened, President Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday to address “the current illegal immigration crisis on the Southern Border.”
Meanwhile, numerous non-Fox celebrities have also taken to social media to blast the policy: