Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is speaking out against what he has deemed the negative impact of so-called cancel culture.
In rare remarks this week, the News Corp owner condemned the “awful woke orthodoxy” that he believes is beginning to take over Western civilization.
“Rigidly enforced conformity”
According to the Washington Examiner, the Fox News Channel head honcho revealed his opinion during a pre-recorded acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award from the Australia Day Foundation, a British nonprofit organization. Though he is not known for seeking the spotlight on a personal level, his statements made headlines based on his firm stance against the “straitjacket” he believes has been placed on freedom of expression.
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Murdoch warned that free speech is under attack from “so-called social media” firms responsible for facilitating “rigidly enforced conformity” of opinions expressed thereon.
“For those of us in media there’s a real challenge to confront: a wave of censorship that seeks to silence conversation, to stifle debate, to ultimately stop individuals and societies from realizing their potential,” he added.
According to Murdoch’s assessment, such online platforms have “aided and abetted” in the reduction of diversity of thought available on the internet.
“You will need to voice the right opinions”
“Too many people have fought too hard in too many places for freedom of speech to be suppressed by this awful woke orthodoxy,” he concluded.
Of course, he is hardly alone in sounding the alarms over the perceived menace to free thought and expression. As Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) recently opined in the pages of the News Corp-owned New York Post, the “muzzling of America” has had a chilling effect on the nation’s ability to express dissenting thoughts.
Hawley recently saw his forthcoming book canceled by a published in the wake of his challenges to the results of November’s presidential election. He is also being targeted by critics who want to see his name added to the no-fly list. Financial institutions and other private entities are similarly facing pressure to sever ties with former President Donald Trump and his allies.
Nevertheless, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) asserted that Hawley and others who complain of censorship are “just deeply unpopular” within American society.
For his part, the Missouri Republican proclaimed: “So if you want to get a good job, stay at hotels and be served at restaurants … you will need to voice the right opinions.”