Five days after Fox News host Tucker Carlson told viewers to discredit anything they hear on rival news networks, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane donated a combined $2.5 million to NPR and its Los Angeles affiliate, an NPR spokeswoman told NBC.
MacFarlane gave $2 million to NPR for its Collaborative Journalism Network and $500,000 to NPR station KPCC.
KPCC President Bill Davis said MacFarlane’s donation will be used for “public accountability and investigative journalism” projects.
Representatives for MacFarlane told NBC he did not have a statement on his decision to donate to NPR.
“A broad range of donors, with contributions large and small, recognize that NPR and hundreds of NPR Member stations across the country provide an essential service to the American public,” an NPR spokeswoman said in a statement. “We are deeply appreciative of the generous gift from Seth MacFarlane, which will go to supporting local news coverage, allowing NPR and Member stations to continue working together to tell the story of the whole country from everywhere in the country.”
In a tweet Saturday, MacFarlane said Carlson’s comments “make me embarrassed to work for this company.” He also interpreted the hosts’ remarks as meaning “don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain.”
MacFarlane’s donation comes at a time when several stars associated with 21st Century Fox expressed frustration with the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump, according to NBC News.
“Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan similarly expressed his discontent, writing in a tweet that “I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews.”
Producer and director Paul Feig said in a tweet that he “cannot condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children.”