Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch decried the " awful woke orthodoxy" that he suggested is threatening the free exchange of ideas, both in the United States and around the globe, as he accepted a recent award, according to The Hill.
“For those of us in the media, there’s a real challenge to confront: a wave of censorship that seeks to silence conversation, to stifle debate, to ultimately stop individuals and societies from realizing their potential,” Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corp., said in recorded remarks while receiving an award from the Australia Day Foundation, according to The New York Times.
“This rigidly enforced conformity, aided and abetted by so-called social media, is a straitjacket on sensibility," Murdoch added. "Too many people have fought too hard in too many places for freedom of speech to be suppressed by this awful woke orthodoxy.”
Video of the remarks was also posted on the website of the Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper owned by Murdoch, whose media ownership includes Fox News and the New York Post.