Rupert Murdoch’s awful week is about to get worse. The Australian-born media mogul is still reeling from the News of the World phone hacking scandal, which has already cost his company billions in lost revenue in Britain. Now, activists from ColorofChange.org are joining the chorus of calls for a U.S. Congressional investigation of Murdoch’s embattled News Corp, which owns FOX News, by leading a protest outside of Murdoch’s New York City home this afternoon.
“Rupert Murdoch will do anything for a profit, from dividing Americans through race-baiting on FOX News to phone-hacking in order to get viewers and sell newspapers,” said Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange, in a press release. “We are standing up to say that we will no longer allow our communities to be attacked by a man more interested in profits than American values.” [Robinson is a board member of Colorlines’ publisher, the Applied Research Center.]
The group has long been a vocal critic of FOX’s race-baiting. Last week, it sent more than 110,000 petitions to FOX news chief Roger Ailes calling on him to fire host Eric Bolling, who seems to be vying for Glenn Beck’s vacated spot after Bolling accused President Obama of “chugging forties” in Ireland and inviting “hoods to the hizzouse.” The group also took out a full page ad in the New York Daily News calling for Bolling’s termination.
For more information about this afternoon’s protest, see ColorofChange.org’s full press release.