Another major producer in Hollywood has come out swinging against Fox News, and a former star of the cable news network bashed it, as well, calling out current opinion host Tucker Carlson.
Kurt Sutter -- the writer who created FX hit "Sons of Anarchy" and is executive producing its upcoming spinoff "Mayans MC" -- told The Hollywood Reporter that he considers Fox News "manipulative propaganda, run by oligarchs, delivered by puppets, to control the fearful." His statement comes in wake of other famous 21st Century Fox employees -- "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane and "Modern Family" creator Steven Levitan -- bashing the cable news network for its defense of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy along the U.S.-Mexico border, where thousands of child migrants have been separated from their parents while being detained in large cages.
"The political decision made by this administration was heinous. But I don't consider what Fox airs as 'news.' It's manipulative propaganda, run by oligarchs, delivered by puppets, to control the fearful," Sutter said in a statement in wake of another major TV and movie producer, Judd Apatow, calling on all Fox employees to speak out against Fox News.
"What I do with FX and Fox 21 is not influenced by that energy," Sutter added. "Yes, we are all owed by the parent company, but contrarily, at FX, other artists and myself are given the freedom to tell stories that address real issues in a truthful way. I guess we just learn to live with the sad irony that our fiction is more truthful than Fox News' facts."
Meanwhile, former Fox News star Bob Beckel called out current on-air personality Tucker Carlson for declaring a "war" between the left and right after telling his viewers not to trust any other TV news network -- a statement that prompted MacFarlane to declare he was "embarrassed" of his employer.
Beckel, who co-hosted "The Five" before being fired last year, asked Carlson on Twitter, "What the f--k happened to you?" He also bashed Ann Coulter, who appeared on Fox News earlier this week to accuse the crying children being detained of being "actors." See all of his most recent tweets raging against his former network below:
Thank God I got fired (or set up) by Fox News. There r some good people there but out of fear of losing there jobs I guess, they are afraid to speak out against Trump. Trust me there is life after Fox News Don't let them drag u down into TRUMPs swamp!
No Tucker Fox is the network that is using political tactics to front for Trump. I've known you for years u were once a decent thoughtful man. What the f*ck has happened to you. U r too smart to fall for TRUMPs bulls*it! https://t.co/XncOu7Zk90
Evil people. @FoxNews supports these evil policies. Fox and Newscorp and Fox Films and Fox TV and sports and business are all the same company. Rupert is selling everything but the news so he can continue to promote evil policies. So fucked up. https://t.co/JDvCMSONwQ
On Tuesday night, current Fox News star Geraldo Rivera appeared on Sean Hannity's primetime program to passionately plea for Hannity and the rest of the opinion hosts sticking up for Trump's border policies to "take a stand."
"Politics aside, this is cruelty as policy. This is an obscenity," Rivera said. "This is the government of the United States and the president that we both love, advocating a system by which young children are torn from their mothers."
"History will judge us, Sean," Rivera continued. "We must take a stand on something. Here is where we draw the line."
Hannity argued back that the troubling situation at the border is all Democrats' fault and it could only be fixed through an emergency congressional session voting to fund Trump's beloved border wall. The next day, however, Trump signed an executive order to end the family separation policy, although it's not clear if families already separated will be reunited in detention centers. The Trump administration did say it's maintaining the "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which means anybody caught crossing the border will still be detained.