Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch says remote staffers will continue working from home until the end of 2020, even as primetime hosts push to reopen the country

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Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch told employees on Thursday that the company anticipates that non-production staffers who are working remotely “will continue to do so for the remainder of the calendar year,” according to The Washington Post’s Jeremy Barr.
Murdoch’s memo comes as popular hosts on Fox News continue pushing for states to reopen schools and businesses, even as new coronavirus cases spike across the country.
As of Thursday evening, nearly 4.9 million Americans had been infected with coronavirus and almost 160,000 had died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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Lachlan Murdoch, the CEO of Fox Corporation, told employees on Thursday that the company anticipates that non-production staffers who are working remotely “will continue to do so for the remainder of the calendar year,” according to The Washington Post’s Jeremy Barr.

Murdoch’s memo to employees comes as multiple popular hosts on Fox News, which is Fox Corp’s flagship news organization, continue pushing for states to reopen schools as new coronavirus cases spike across the country.

“Success leaves clues and the Netherlands, Australia, and those countries have opened … Germany [has] opened,” “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade said on July 8. “So there’s no reason for America not to be open.”

“Kids should learn that early that life’s full of hurdles, you’ve got to find a way to overcome,” he added, and later downplayed the threat of coronavirus, saying it’s “not Ebola.”

“Mostly kids 99.9% of kids will not be affected by it at all,” he continued, contradicting public health officials who caution that there isn’t enough research on how children react to COVID-19. “This is a risk that has to be taken.”

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Opinion commentator Laura Ingraham said on July 14 that other media figures are “lying to you when they say it’s too dangerous to reopen schools.”

“There is increasing evidence that we can do this safely,” primetime host Sean Hannity said later that day.

As of Thursday, nine out of the ten largest school districts in the country have decided not to reopen for the coming school year and will instead conduct classes virtually. Earlier this week, a Mississippi school district that decided to reopen announced that over 100 students were forced to quarantine after six students and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier in the year, top Fox News hosts were also pushing for businesses to reopen in May, despite Fox News telling its employees at the time that they should work from home for at least another month.

Primetime host Tucker Carlson told viewers the government had “outsourced the decision to public health officials” and that “the public health establishment failed us badly” in recommending stay-at-home and similar orders.

Ingraham targeted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on her April 23 program.

“If we wait for Dr. Fauci’s seal of approval to reopen America, we may not have an America to reopen,” she said.

And on May 11, Kilmeade pushed for the economy to reopen, even …read more

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