James Murdoch blasts Donald Trump
JAMES Murdoch, the chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox, has spoken out against US President Donald Trump's controversial reaction to the violence in Charlottesville.
Mr Murdoch, the son of News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has written an email to colleagues calling the deadly violence and Mr Trump's response to it a concern to "all of us as Americans and free people".
The New York Times reported that Mr Murdoch addressed the note to "friends" with the subject line reading: "Subject: Personal note from James Murdoch re: ADL".
"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," he wrote.
"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."
He added: "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."
Mr Murdoch also pledged to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.
One woman died and 19 others were injured when a car crashed into counter- protesters at a white nationalist rally last weekend.
Mr Trump drew ire on Saturday when he said there was violence on "many sides" when referring to the Charlottesville tragedy, failing to call out white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and other hate groups by name. It took him two days to do so, issuing a statement condemning the groups on Monday.
But the president appeared to backtrack on Tuesday blaming "both sides" for the violence.
Following this, several chief executives resigned from his Manufacturing Council, before both that group and his Strategy and Policy Forum dissolved altogether.
Rupert Murdoch is the chairman of News Corporation which publishes news.com.au.
- With wires