It’s a difficult spot to be in when the company that signs your checks has a completely different — and often disgusting — viewpoint than your own. Seth MacFarlane, creator and producer of Family Guy, found himself at odds with the network that airs his shows after Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned viewers to trust no one but Fox News.
“If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations,” Carlson warned, a laughable, albeit terrifying, concept. Fox News has been caught dishing out misinformation on more than one occasion, but sadly, there are people who still blindly follow Carlson’s advice.
Not being one of those people, MacFarlane took to Twitter to call Carlson out, following up on a tweet posted by CNN correspondent Brian Stelter. “Don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain,” MacFarlane sneered.
Isn't this sad? Tonight @TuckerCarlson told his viewers not to believe ANYTHING they learn from his rivals: “If you're looking to understand what's actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they're telling you on the big news stations.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 15, 2018
In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company. https://t.co/kC7MPYxdgZ
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 16, 2018
He continued by calling Carlson’s comment “fringe sh*t” and admitted that he was embarrassed to work with Fox. His embarrassment may not last too long, however, as both Comcast and Disney have started a bidding war over purchasing 21st Century Fox.
Should either deal go through, Comcast or Disney would own all aspects of 21st Century Fox, but Fox News would remain under the control of Rupert Murdoch.
Both MacFarlane’s and Carlson’s sentiments find their echoes on Twitter, creating a toxic back-and-forth that divides the nation in a bickering social media war with no foreseeable end.
What's sad is that @TuckerCarlson has a point. You media personalities, all of you, still don't get it. You have refused to look in the mirror and see that you have a major credibility problem.
— Eric V. (@esvbud) June 15, 2018
What credibility problem? Fox blatantly LIES … occasionally when any other news organization makes a mistake they own up to it Fox purposely LIES to their viewers… This is so dangerous for other reasons besides politics.. Fox is a Propaganda spewing state TV
— cinnamongirl ♥ (@cinnamongirl107) June 15, 2018
If Hannity still has a job after the Cohen revelation, then Fox is not legit.
— Tony Tibbitts (@TibbittsTtibitz) June 15, 2018
Because if you listen to the truth, you won't return to lies. Tucker Carlson is a simpleton filling a slot. They're not even trying at FOX News anymore. I used to be a loyal viewer, I switched to CNN because I'm not a fan of Kool Aid.
— trlrtrash13 (@trlrtrash13) June 15, 2018
Wow really? What do you call CNN? IF NOT Kool Aid, are they just straight up Valium, chloral hydrate, cyanide, and Phenergan, No mixer?
— Sean (@nottodayson2020) June 15, 2018
One Twitter user, Jamey Hogarth (@scooterpants94), broke through the bickering with a suggestion that, considering how hard MacFarlane works in his industry, may make the most sense of all.
Make your own channel, I'd watch it!
— Jamey Hogarth (@scooterpants94) June 16, 2018
H/T: Huffington Post