James Murdoch’s wife Kathryn tweeted ‘we did it!!!!’ and shared anti-Trump posts after Joe Biden’s historic win Saturday.
On Election Day she had written: ‘What will you tell your children or your future self about the part you played in history?’
By Saturday she had also shared posts that referenced ‘Trump’s authoritarian antics’ and ‘surviving the gravest threat to our system of government since the Civil War’.
Kathryn, 47, had also voiced her agreement that her family, which owns Fox News, must ‘put their country above their profits’ and disavow President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud.
Her husband James stepped down from the board of Fox News parent News Corp in July, citing disagreements with some of the company’s editorial content.
Kathryn expressed the sentiment in a tweet on Friday, saying she agreed with CNN host Jake Tapper, who had stated: ‘The Murdochs and the people at Fox have an obligation to put their country above their profits. It is very important that people make it very clear — that there is no credible evidence of widespread fraud.’
‘I agree with this,’ Kathryn tweeted. Her remark came as little surprise given her history of public criticism of Fox News coverage, particularly on the topic of climate change, and her work with groups such as Unite America on bridging partisan divides.
Kathryn’s latest comments came at a time when Fox News and other media outlets faced divisive questions over how to cover Trump’s explosive claim, without proof, that the election was being ‘stolen’ through rampant fraud.
Biden used his first national address as president-elect to vow to heal a deeply divided nation, declaring it was time to ‘let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end’ and reaching out to the millions of people who voted against him to say, ‘Let’s give each other a chance.’
His calls for reconciliation at a Saturday evening victory celebration came even as President Donald Trump continued to argue that the election had been stolen from him, an indication that the divisive politics that have gripped the U. S. over the past four years are far from over.
On Friday CNN had reported that Fox News employees had been instructed to avoid calling Biden the ‘president elect’ on air even if the network projects Biden will win the presidency.
‘If you’re a Fox News report, and you’re going to abide by this crazy instruction, you might as well hand in your press credentials at the same time,’ commented CNN’s Tapper.
A Fox News spokesperson told DailyMail.com then that there have been no network-wide memos or editorial guidance from Fox News regarding the type of instructions that CNN claimed.
Trump is said to have called Rupert Murdoch in a fury on Tuesday night after Fox News became the first to call Arizona for Biden.
A source told Vanity Fair that Trump phoned Murdoch, who owns Fox ‘to scream about the call and demand a retraction.’ The 89-year-old media mogul refused to order his staff to retract the Arizona call.
Biden was on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million, a margin that could grow as ballots continue to be counted.
He made Trump the first incumbent president to be denied a second term since Republican George H. W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992.
Fox News, along with CNN, was one of only two major news networks to carry Trump’s angry White House address in its entirety on Thursday evening, without cutting away.
In his 17-minute tirade, Trump claimed he was the victim of ‘big media, big money and big tech’ coming together to commit ‘historic election interference’ to give Biden the presidency.
Fox News contributors Bill Bennett and Byron York said that just because Trump did not allege specific instances of irregularities doesn’t mean there haven’t been any. But the president and his lawyers need to present evidence, they said.
‘What we saw tonight is a president who believes that at the end of the day, when all the votes are counted, the election is not going to to go his way, so he’s trying to plan an alternate route to retain the White House,’ said Fox White House correspondent John Roberts.
Other members of the network’s news staff have also remained skeptical, demanding proof of Trump’s claims.
‘We haven’t seen that level of fraud. He’s saying it’s there, but we haven’t seen it,’ said Bret Baier, Fox News’ chief political correspondent, while pushing back on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in an interview on Friday.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, one of the network’s top opinion commentators, took a more sympathetic line, saying broadcasters are duty-bound to cover Trump’s accusations and not airbrush them from the election.
‘Our system works. It has worked before. If people air concerns, resolve the concerns,’ Carlson said in his monologue on Thursday night.
‘Don’t call them names, don’t sweep those concerns under the rug, don’t shut it down artificially with unelected news anchors.’
Earlier this year, Kathryn Murdoch spoke out about her ‘radical centrist’ politics in an interview with Politico’s Women Rule podcast.
New: Fox News is instructing its talent not to call Joe Biden the “President-elect” when the network calls the race, according to two memos obtained by @brianstelter and me. The memos say Fox should “stay away” from using the description.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 6, 2020