‘Awful woke orthodoxy’: Rupert Murdoch denounces impact of cancel culture

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.

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.”

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  1. Only because they are loosing money. What they did to us during the election showed their true colors. They endorsed a communist takeover of our government, which spells traitor to me. Will not have that watched in my home.

    1. Exactly. Now everyone wants to jump on the boat and act like they are for freedom. When they were directly responsible for helping Biden cheat his way into a presidency. They act like it is shocking that he is ruining the country when he actually said what he was going to do one day and then lied about it the next

      1. Well spoken. Neil Cavuto has spewed as much hatred for Pres. Trump as Chris Wallace and Martha McCallum. And many others. I quit one week after the election–thought they might redeem themselves, but they didn’t and as far as I know, haven’t. Very disappointed in Carlson. Used to enjoy Ingraham’s Seen and Unseen with Raymond Orroyo. He was pretty spot on. Now, who knows. I’ve left them and basically never turn my tv on.

        1. There’s a wonderful Christian channel that you can get the good news on. It’s called the Victory Channel. On Direct TV it’s Chanel 366. It’s one of Kenneth Copeland’s channels.

        2. You need to watch OANN, Blaze TV and News Max. If you have a smart TV or Amazon Fire Stick, download the Pluto Free TV app. You can stream all these news shows for free.
          I don’t watch Fox News anymore, after they decided to push China Joe and da Ho on the country.

  2. Kind of late for the big speech about woke. Your children and their wives love submission to communism. You hired that piece of trash Paul Ryan and other uneducated democrats going after Trump. So your just like Biden. An old man who lost his guts and pride for America. Please take you and your useless family go to rich Island and shut up. You have done enough damage to America.

    1. We have watched FoxNews for over 20 years and when you called Arizona about 10:30 PM on 11/3/2020, we knew the fix was in for a rigged election. We erased Fox from our TV viewing. You had to wait until your ratings tanked below CNN and MSNBC before you attempt to be rescued. Not from us, we do not forget!

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  4. The time has come for all citizens, right left and in-between, to stand up for all speech. A time for all citizens to realize that America is great because of the diverse voices of her people. Those afraid to hear different voices and try to silence them are the real dangers of our great nation. Do not let your voices be silent – you, the American people, have the power beyond your vote to stop the silence. You have the ability to choose who and where you spend your money. It is the first priority of the haters to make sure you cannot make a living for yourself and your family because they know the power of the purse/wallet is the greatest power of all. Do not support those who choose to silence you – the companies that fuel hate with your dollars. Rise above the hate and take back your great country by sending a message that you will not support those that support hate – make it happen for all Americans to remain free! Stop supporting companies who hate you!

    1. Amen!! Preach it.Too little too late.Sad that dissent is only unpopular when it comes from the right side of the aisle. God help us.

    2. Perfectly said! Bed bath and beyond, Kohl’s, JC Penney’s, and Costco just dropped Mike Lindell’s “My Pillow” from their stores because he backed President Trump. Let’s drop all of them and see how they like it! We still have some power left!

  5. Hallelujah brother! You’re really late to the party, and I can’t imagine how you found your way here (losing money, I would guess), but in any case you’re here! Grab a pitchfork and help man the gates (figuratively speaking of course)!

  6. It was his sons that ruined Fox and a couple of rinos. I think Murdock wants to take back the reins and make the station what it used to be. We shall see. Getting rid of Chris Wallace would be a good start.

  7. Rupert should have thought about that before hiring so many pro-commie underlings, he can not blame anyone but himself for lowering FOX news standards about telling the truth, most of the filth at fox like Wallace,Cavuto Roberts ,Brazile, Smith ,Tarlov ,Harf and so many more, I only watch the nighttime line-up and hopefully will not change that or I will stop watching all together

    1. Hey Rupert until you purge your network of the closet liberals, the professed liberals, and the RINOS like Wallace,Ryann,Williams ,Brazil,Cavuto,McCallum,Smith, Tarnof ,Heralldo you are off my TV. BTW …Also send your kids packing !

  8. If his concerns are genuine , then I applaud him. However, does not change what FOX did on Election night and thereafter. We stopped watching F&F right then and there. We do watch FBN occasionally..Bartiromo and Varney. Paul Ryan, on the board needs to go along with Cavuto, Williams, Wallace, Brazile, Harf and Tarlov. Just my opinion.

  9. You and your family are trash! You ruined this country and you lied about the greatest president we ever had! He did more than the last 5 presidents combined! Trump exposed you and your minions!

  10. I agree with most of these comments ..
    Too little, too late! I have been an avid fan of Fox News for some time; however, since Murdock’s son took over it has gone down hill.
    My recommendations would be: Get rid of Chris Wallace (at least his weekend show), Juan Williams, Donna Brazile, and Harf.

    Love Tucker, Hannity, and Ingraham! Just wish Laura Ingraham were not on so late … I am a very early riser!

  11. I can only hope that this is genuine…. Get rid of Wallace, Williams, Cavuto, Brazile, Geraldo, & sons for a start!!!! I only watch the Carlson, Hannity Ingraham & sometimes Bream shows….

  12. Of course Wallace is terrible, but so is Cavuto and all the weekend warriors not the morning people so much, I like Carlson, Hannity, Ingraham, and I can’t forget about Judge Janean and contributors, Bongino, Heglseth to name a few. Their are others that are great guests that are contributors. All the people I like do not have their own show.

  13. I totally depend on Hannity, Ingraham, Dobbs, Judge Janine, Carlson, etc. to stay sane during all the censored garbage from the controlled media. They deserve our loyalty for a job well done. And thanks to all of you out there expressing your opinions ( while we still can ) I don’t feel so all alone.

  14. Have not watched FOX since election day! How can we fix the insanity that surrounds us. As a people and a nation we are getting bombarded from all directions with abuse.

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