James Murdoch, Rebuking Trump, Pledges $1 Million to Anti-Defamation League – New York Times

Posted By on August 18, 2017

Photo James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox, in April in New York. Credit Kevin Hagen for The New York Times

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox and the son of a frequent ally of President Trumps, condemned the presidents performance after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and pledged to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.

In an email on Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times and confirmed as authentic by a spokesman for Mr. Murdochs company, the Fox scion gave an extraordinarily candid statement against the white supremacist sentiment that swept through Virginia last weekend. It was also the most outspoken that a member of the Murdoch family has been in response to the weeks events.

Mr. Murdochs father, Rupert Murdoch, is a conservative media mogul who has become an informal adviser to Mr. Trump, recently dining with the president in the White House residence. The younger Mr. Murdoch has been less outspoken about his political views, making the email even more surprising.

With a subject line reading, Subject: Personal note from James Murdoch re: ADL, Mr. Murdoch addressed the note to friends.

Im writing to you in a personal capacity, as a concerned citizen and a father. It has not been my habit to widely offer running commentary on current affairs, nor to presume to weigh in on the events of a given day save those that might be of particular or specific concern to 21CF and my colleagues, he wrote. But what we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people.

He added: These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals. The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob. I cant even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.

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