Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom Among Recipients
The lineup for Coachella is getting people excited, as usual. The 16-year old arts and music festival brings out amazing artists every year. But now, three months before the 2017 sold out show is set to begin, attention is being drawn to the ownerâ€™s anti-LGBT activities.
Philip Anschutz, owner of the company that runs Coachella, also owns the Anschutz Foundation. Among other causes, the Anschutz Foundation donates to Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, and the National Christian Foundation, as Teen Vogue reports.
The Alliance Defending Freedom is an anti-LGBT legal group that ThinkProgress has called the “800-pound Gorilla of the Christian Right.”
The Family Research Council is a hate group with a similar agenda. FRC called for the Trump administration to “ferret out“Â pro-LGBT State Department employees and replace them with homophobic conservatives.
The National Christian Foundation funds several anti-LGBT groups, including the two listed above, as well as Family Policy Alliance and Liberty Counsel, which is best-known for representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.
“Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news â€“ it is all garbage,”Â Anschutz said in a statement.Â “I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of companies, all of whom are important to us â€“ the only criteria on which they are judged is the quality of their job performance; we do not tolerate discrimination in any form,” he says, not explaining how funding groups whose job is to promote discrimination is supporting quality.
“Both The Anschutz Foundation and I contribute to numerous organizations that pursue a wide range of causes. Neither I nor the Foundation fund any organization with the purpose or expectation that it would finance anti-LGBTQ initiatives, and when it has come to my attention or the attention of The Anschutz Foundation that certain organizations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes, we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups.”
That claim has not been independently verified by NCRM.
Coachella itself doesnâ€™t discriminate when hiring performers. This yearâ€™s festival includes Kehlani, who is openly bisexual. It also features headline performances by BeyoncÃ©, who was outspoken against North Carolinaâ€™s HB2 and finished the first part of her Formation World Tour with a tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Other noteworthy performers are Father John Misty, who donated the proceeds of his Charlotte, North Carolina show to Time Out Youth in protest of HB2 and Lorde, who was protested by Westboro Baptist Church over her stage name and responded by asking fans to kiss church members and wear rainbow over Twitter before deleting the tweets.
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14 Students and One Teacher Dead at Texas Elementary School Mass Shooting (Streaming Video)
Fourteen students and one teacher are dead, and others have been injured after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
ABC News live video (below) reports “14 dead,” stating Gov. Greg Abbott has made that announcement. ABC News, online, citing multiple sources, reports the shooter is also dead.
CNN confirms 15 are dead:
Horrible news: Fifteen have died in a shooting at Robb elementary school, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who said there are 14 students and one teacher killed. The shooter is dead.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 24, 2022
Streaming video via ABC News:
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Fox News Corporate Chief Shrugs Off Complaints of Network’s White Nationalism: ‘Comes With the Territory’
Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chairman and CEO of the parent company of Fox News does not appear concerned about the far right-wing network’s embrace of white nationalism, saying the growing criticism just “comes with the territory.”
“I think when you’re in the news business, and you’re number one,” said Murdoch in an interview with Axios, “you get a lot of heat and it just comes with the territory.”
“I think the world is more divided and on edge than it has been, you know, for a very long time,” Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, added. “I think on the noise around it, so much of it is politicized … And so, you’ve got to be tough about it.”
The 50-year-old Murdoch took no responsibility for the world being more divided, on edge, and politicized.
Axios points out that a “broad array of Democratic officials and progressive groups have criticized Fox News, saying its hosts have referenced the ‘great replacement theory,’ a racist conspiracy theory that reportedly inspired the Buffalo shooter.”
Like his father, Lachlan Murdoch shares citizenship with Australia and the United States (but also with the U.K.)
Last week, former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt called on the United States government to revoke Rupert Murdoch’s U.S. citizenship. He said the 91-year-old Australian-born media titan is “the most venomous and dangerous foreigner to ever arrive on American soil.”
The January 6 Committee will prove a massive conspiracy. That conspiracy will likely involve @foxnews hosts and personalities. @rupertmurdoch is responsible for what happens on @foxnews, which has long claimed in Federal Court that is not news but entertainment.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) May 17, 2022
Meanwhile, Media Matters senior fellow Matthew Gertz noted, “Lachlan Murdoch has apparently given up on his obvious lie that Tucker Carlson doesn’t promote ‘replacement theory,’ he is making it quite clear that Fox prioritizes white supremacist content.”
The Washington Post’s Philip Bump says Lachlan Murdoch is blaming “complaints about white nationalist rhetoric on jealousy.”
“Presented with Tucker Carlson combining anti-left and anti-immigrant rhetoric into an indefensible the elites are out to get regular Americans narrative — a common racist trope — the CEO of Fox responds: Haters gonna hate. Never mind that nearly half of Republicans now think that this theory accurately reflects reality; people are just jealous of Fox News.
Far Right Activist Behind CRT Panic Brags About Attacks on Disney, State Farm for LGBTQ Support: Others ‘Will Be Next’
The far right-wing activist whose work helped ignite millions of Americans into fighting against the specter of something they had never heard before and knew nothing about is now bragging about turning his tactics against corporate America’s support for the LGBTQ community – and he’s just issued a warning, or, some might say, a threat.
Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the right-wing Manhattan Institute, is the man behind the right’s false panic and fury over CRT, Critical Race Theory. He’s proudly said he wants to “have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘critical race theory,'” and “put all of the various cultural insanities under that brand category.”
To Rufo, those “insanities” include support for LGBTQ people.
“Mr. Rufo has taken aim at opponents of a new Florida law that prohibits teachers in some grades from discussing L.G.B.T.Q. issues and that critics call ‘Don’t Say Gay,'” The New York Times reported last month. “He declared ‘moral war’ against the statute’s most prominent adversary, the Walt Disney Company. And he has used the same playbook that proved effective in his crusade on racial issues: a leak of insider documents.”
Rufo consulted on and appeared with Governor Ron DeSantis “at the signing of a bill known as the Stop W.O.K.E. Act, which bars teaching in workplaces and schools that anyone is inherently biased or privileged because of race or sex,” The Times added, noting that Rufo “warned Disney that an in-house program it had run that urged discussion of systemic racism was ‘now illegal in the state of Florida.'”
The signing was the culmination of Mr. Rufo’s long campaign to short-circuit corporate and school efforts at diversity and inclusion training.
On Monday news broke that State Farm, the insurance giant, had been supporting a program designed to put LGBTQ-supportive books into schools, libraries, and community centers. State Farm has been actively promoting its support of the LGBTQ community, but within hours the company dropped its support of the program, citing consumer complaints after a right-wing media outlet published a report.
Rufo is taking credit for the extensive vitriol being catapulted at State Farm, a century-old company whose “Like a good neighbor” slogan has been part of American culture for 50 years.
And now, just one week before LGBTQ Pride month, he’s very publicly threatening any other company that supports LGBTQ people, the LGBTQ community, diversity, or equality they will be next:
Disney was the proof of concept. State Farm is the working model. Other companies will be next.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) May 24, 2022
We developed a playbook with Disney that puts a price on companies that adopt woke ideology. Now others are falling in line: Netflix fires 100+ DEI employees, State Farm terminates its trans book program, and the Fortune 100 remains silent on Roe V. Wade. Keep the pressure on.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) May 24, 2022
“There are three ways to wage war against corporations: reputational, political, and financial,” Rufo adds. “With Disney, we drove public approval down to 33 percent, passed legislation to remove its special status, and helped tank the stock by $50 billion. That’s how we win.”
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