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James Murdoch
James
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James Murdoch railed against racial violence that erupted in
Charlottesville, Virginia,
in an email to 21st Century Fox employees
published on
Thursday.

“I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis
is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or
terrorists,” Murdoch’s email read. He implored Democrats and
Republicans to take a firm stand against hate groups, even as
President Donald Trump
wavered in his denunciations
of white nationalists and
neo-Nazis over the past week.

Murdoch is the chief executive of 21st Century Fox, the parent
company of the Fox News channel. The company was founded by his
father Rupert Murdoch, a close confidant to Trump.

Trump is also a frequent guest on Fox News programs, and the
network regularly promotes narratives that are seen as favorable
to the president.

James Murdoch did not name Trump specifically in his email to
employees.

Observers noted the omission, which happened at a time when

lawmakers
,
business leaders
, and
tech moguls
have roundly condemned the president’s
equivocations about white nationalists and Confederate monuments
— a matter Trump
sought to relitigate
during a heated press conference on
Tuesday.

Murdoch said he was writing the email in a personal capacity to
“remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an
eternal obligation.” He announced that he would pledge $1 million
to the Anti-Defamation League in protest of the deadly
Charlottesville rally.

“We hardly ever talk about our charitable giving,” Murdoch said
to employees, “but in this case I wanted to tell you and
encourage you to be generous too.”

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Read Murdoch’s full email below:

Subject: Personal note from James Murdoch re:
ADL

“Friends,

I’m 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. 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.

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 can’t 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.

Diverse storytellers, and stories, can make a difference, and
that diversity, around the world, is a crucial strength and an
animating force in my business. Often times not everyone agrees
with the stories and positions that emerge from this, and that
can be difficult. Certainly no company can be perfect. But I’m
proud of the powerful art that can emerge, and I’m grateful to
all of my colleagues who make this happen. From the potent and
compelling narrative of “12 Years a Slave”, to the streets of
Pakistan and the bravery of an extraordinary young woman that
we saw in “He Named Me Malala”, to name just a few, we’ve never
been afraid to help storytellers and artists say important
things – hard things, too.

To further demonstrate our commitment, Kathryn and I are
donating 1 million dollars to the Anti-Defamation League, and I
encourage you to give what you think is right as well. We
hardly ever talk about our charitable giving, but in this case
I wanted to tell you and encourage you to be generous too. Many
of you are supporters of the Anti-Defamation League already –
now is a great time to give more. The ADL is an extraordinary
force for vigilance and strength in the face of bigotry – you
can learn more here: https://www.adl.org. My very best to
you and with all my gratitude,

JRM”

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