If Fox News thought it could sit on the sidelines and take cheap shots at the anti-police brutality protests around the country without getting called out, they are about to learn a hard lesson.
On January 2, protesters are meeting in front of the News Corporation headquarters (home of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire) right outside of Fox News’ studios to hold a “die-in” shutdown. While Fox tries to record their usual garbage inside, outside hundreds will be letting the company and the world know that what Fox is doing is not okay.
The group also plans to target the New York Post (a disreputable newspaper also owned by Murdoch) which has spent the last few months trashing the victims the police brutality and attacking the peaceful protesters in an effort to defend the NYPD.
Even a cursory glance at the New York Post’s op-ed section reveals contempt for the protests and unexamined adulation for the police that make it difficult to get real change to happen.
As if it weren’t obvious, the behind-the-scenes operations of the Post are equally rife with racism. In 2009, the Post published an insanely racist cartoon which featured police officers shooting a chimpanzee to death and casually implying that it was meant to represent Obama (you can view it here). After an editor at the paper complained, she was fired. After being dismissed, she revealed the insanely racist work environment that she had been forced to endure for years – none of it is pretty.
So naturally, the newspaper and Fox News have been working hand-in-hand to attack the Black Lives Matter movement every chance they get. In a letter announcing the planned protest, organizers don’t mince words:
As many already know The NY POST is a newspaper that is owned and controlled by the Right Winger Rupert Murdoch, who in essence is a corporate racist, that continually supports and disseminates racist, classist, sexist and all forms of pro 1% misinformation through his NY POST newspaper as well as FOX television.
This rag has also continually posted lies and misinformation about the Black Lives Matter movement, protests and uprising. We say NO REST FOR THE WICKED and beyond this action a boycott of the NY POST and FOX NEWS remains in existence as long as the lies continue from its newspaper, news programming and other media services. [source]
The group, which has been coordinating with other protest groups, want as many people as possible for a “die-in” in front of Murdoch’s offices. They also call for a boycott of all News Corporation businesses until they cease promoting racism and attempting to spread racial fears to their almost-universally white audience.
According to one Facebook group alone, over 1,000 people have signed on to attend the January 2 rally. If that doesn’t seem like much, then just imagine that many people crowding the windows and sidewalks around the Fox News headquarters. It will be an action that is hard to ignore.
Feature image courtesy Media Matters