Outrage has been expressed over plans to illuminate the Empire State Building in Fox News colors for the network’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
The right-wing cable channel, founded by media mogul Rupert Murdoch in 1996, turned 25 on Thursday and has been marking the anniversary with celebrations.
Mr. Murdoch, according to The hill, he told Fox News employees at a city hall Thursday that he will also “celebrate” his 25th birthday with a light show at the Empire State Building in New York.
Many took to Twitter to express outrage at the planned lighting, which will be turned on over the weekend, and will likely be red, white and blue, the channel’s colors.
Nicholas Dawes, a New York-based publisher, was among those who condemned Fox News for its controversial production and tweeted: “How do the many human rights professionals with offices on three floors of the building and a multi-million dollar lease feel about this?”
Arthur-Caplan, professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, tweeted that “[It] It really should be a total blackout to spread lies and falsehoods. ”
“One of the most terrible things that have happened in the last 25 years should not be celebrated but despised”, additional lawyer and reporter Exavier Pope.
Appearing via video link, Murdouch allegedly told employees that the channel “took a huge risk on a new news network,” but that he “felt there was an audience waiting for him.”
“And we discovered millions of Americans whose opinions and tastes were not reflected in CNN, the long-term monopoly,” he said. “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 repeatedly accused of allowing its hosts to challenge the 2020 election results, as well as promoting anti-immigrant attitudes and support for former US President Donald Trump.
The Empire State Building is often used to mark holidays and other events on the city’s calendar with illuminated displays, as well as projections for CNN’s coverage of election results.