New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) slammed conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Fox News, saying the US “would not be suffering a lot of the negativity and divisiveness we’re going through right now” if Fox News didn’t exist.
“If you could remove News Corp from the last 25 years of American history, we would be in an entirely different place,” de Blasio told The Guardian last week, adding that he believes Murdoch is responsible for President Trump’s election in 2016.
De Blasio also voiced strong disapproval for Trump’s rhetoric regarding the media, saying “there is no comparison between a progressive critique of the media — and overwhelmingly corporate media, by the way — and a president who does not believe in free speech and is trying to undermine the norms of democracy.”
“If you see a steady decline in democracy, we’re going to have to vividly defend a lot of media we don’t agree with,” de Blasio added. “But I don’t want to give them a free pass on what they have done to all of us.”
Earlier this year, the mayor said that The New York Post is “divisive” and that he wouldn’t “shed a tear if that newspaper is no longer here.”
Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney addressed De Blasio’s comments on Wednesday.
“When Chick-fil-A opened its first restaurant in New York City, the Mayor Bill De Blasio called for a boycott,” Varney said. “Chick-fil-A defends traditional marriage. De Blasio said it spreads a message of hate against gays. His honor, who’s deep into identity politics, setting one group against another. I call that divisive.
“Well, De Blasio has not changed his tune,” he continued. “Only now, he accuses FOX of being divisive… But seriously, you have to ask, just who is divisive? Who is dividing our country? My opinion is this: identity politics divides us.”