In the last 24 hours numerous content creators, directors, and stars have come out to decry Fox News' support for the Trump administration and its policies. The Fox News Channel prime-time host tried to walk back her remarks even before her show concluded Monday night, but the damage had already been done.
MacFarlane, who also created Fox's "The Orville", tweeted on Saturday that he was disgusted by Carlson's instructions to viewers never to believe anything they hear from organizations other than Fox News.
Deadline reports that MacFarlane followed his tweet up with a hefty donation to National Public Radio, pledging $2 million to NPR and $500,000 to its Los Angeles membership station, KPCC.
"Ghostbusters" and "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig, who made "Spy" and "The Heat" for the studio, also criticized the news coverage. But he later backed off that proclamation, saying in a statement released through his agent: "I have great respect and admiration for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice, and everyone at 20th Century Fox Studios who have all treated me so well for nearly two decades. I too can not condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children".
Representatives for Fox News and 21st Century Fox declined comment.
Levitan called Coulter's comments "pure evil" and said that there were many "amazing people" working at Fox who shared his concerns about Fox News but "aren't in the position to speak out".
There are some indications, however, that the ongoing criticism of Fox News could end up hurting the company's business. "For now, I will take some time to see where these people land, and at that point I will make a decision about my future".
Ralph Peters, who had until recently worked as a regular contributor for Fox News, recently said the company had shifted from a conservative news outlet "to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration". We all choose who to work with.
Feig wrote on Twitter that while he loved those working in the movie and TV divisions of Fox, "I too can not condone the support their news division promotes towards the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration towards immigrant children".
He said he won't change his mind if 21st Century Fox is sold; current bidders include Comcast and Disney.