Outrage has been expressed over Fox News’ plans to light up the Empire State Building in the colors of Fox News for the network’s 25th birthday celebration.
The right-wing cable channel, which was founded in 1996 by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, turned 25 on Thursday and is marking the anniversary with celebrations.
Mr. Murdoch, according to mountaintold Fox News employees Thursday at the town hall that it would also celebrate its 25th birthday with a light show at New York’s Empire State Building.
Many took to Twitter to express outrage over the planned lighting, which is due to be operational over the weekend, and will likely be red, white and blue – the colors of the channel.
Nicholas Dawes, an editor based in New York, was among those who condemned Fox News for its controversial output. tweeted: “How do many human rights practitioners with offices on three floors of the building feel about this?”
Arthur-Caplan, professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, tweeted He “[It] In fact there should be a total blackout for spreading lies and lies”.
“One of the most horrific events that happened in the last 25 years should not be celebrated but scorned”, couple Lawyer and reporter Xavier Pope.
Appearing via video link, Mr Murduch reportedly told staff that the channel “took a big opportunity at a new news network” but that he “felt there was an audience waiting for it.”
“And we found millions of Americans whose views and tastes were not reflected on the long-standing monopoly on CNN,” he claimed. “No one thought they could be challenged. Well, we all know what happened. More than 130 of you have been with us every step of the way.”
Fox News has been accused of repeatedly allowing its hosts to challenge the 2020 election results, as well as of pushing anti-immigration attitudes and support for former US President Donald Trump.
The Empire State Building is often used to mark holidays and other events in the city’s calendar with light displays, as well as projections of CNN’s election results coverage.
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