As wildfires in California continue to burn and over 200,000 people have been forced from their homes, nearly 200 homes and buildings have been destroyed, including property owned by 21st Century Fox and Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch’s property, Moraga Estate, is reportedly the only working winery in Bel-Air, and includes a 7,500-square-foot home. Murdoch, 86, tweeted about the $28.8 purchase of the 13-acre estate in May 2013.
About to celebrate buying beautiful small vineyard right in LA. Great wine, Moraga, owned by great Angelino, Tom Jones. Time cover,1961!
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) May 10, 2013
The “Skirball Fire” reportedly overtook the property on Wednesday, and everyone in the area was ordered to evacuate, according to Fortune. According to one news report, the property sustained damage, but it was uncertain if the house actually burned down.
Mr Murdoch said in a statement: “The property was evacuated but based on what we are seeing on TV there may be damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area. We believe the winery and house are still intact. We are monitoring the situation as closely as we can and are grateful for the efforts of all the first responders. Some of our neighbours have suffered heavy losses and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.”
However, Twitter has been ablaze with reports of Murdoch’s home burning down, and some are celebrating.
Neera Tanden, president of the liberal Center for American Progress and former campaign aid for both former president Barack Obama and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, celebrated on Twitter, claiming that a female god was responsible for Murdoch’s misfortune.
When David Wallace-Wells, a New York Magazine writer, tweeted the news of the home’s demise, Tanden retweeted a link to the story and captioned it: “There’s a God. And she’s unhappy.”
The Daily Caller reported that Twitter user ‘The Best American’ replied, “You seriously hope that your political appointees have their homes burned down?”
Tanden replied, “I do not hope for such things at all. I just note the Karma.”
Tanden later deleted her offending tweet, claiming, “I’m deleting this tweet. It wasn’t funny when so many are hurting and scared. Feel badly about it.”
During the 2016 presidential election, Tanden acted as an unofficial adviser to the Clinton campaign.
You seriously hope that your political appointees have their homes burned down? Classless!
— The Best American (@bestamericanUSA) December 6, 2017
I do not hope for such things at all. I just note the Karma.
— Neera Tanden🖖🏼 (@neeratanden) December 6, 2017
I’m deleting this tweet. It wasn’t funny when so many are hurting and scared. Feel badly about it.
— Neera Tanden🖖🏼 (@neeratanden) December 6, 2017
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) December 7, 2017
What causes some ppl to be so hateful and as to gloat when someone’s house burns while spouting “tolerance and diversity?” This is sick! https://t.co/3ne47Z6B2J
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 7, 2017
Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, celebrates the fact that Rupert Murdoch’s home has burned down.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 7, 2017
The home of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, located on a vineyard outside of Los Angeles, is “burning down” in Southern California’s wildfires, according to an NBC News report on Wednesday.
— John Olson (@john_olson420) December 7, 2017
So yeah, that LA official cheering the burning of Rupert Murdoch’s home deserves the sh**storm he’s gonna get for his vile comments. /end
— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) December 7, 2017
BREAK..#LAFires just destroyed Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch’s home & vineyard which was bought by $30M. in Bel Air,near LA #SkirballFire 405 Freeway @CNN @FoxNews @CBSNews @NBCNews @ABC @ESPN @business @latimes @MSNBC @BBCBreaking Getty Center pic.twitter.com/vBdGblrPyI
— nete bab (@ntebdwa) December 7, 2017
NEERA TANDEN A LIBERAL, CHEERED AND TWEETED HAPPILY ABOUT RUPERT MURDOCH’S HOME BURNING IN THE CALIF FIRES!! WHAT KIND OF PERSON DOES THIS? DID SHE ASK IF ANYONE LOST A LIFE? DEMON RAT‼️‼️‼️
— Rita Williams (@RitaWil92435229) December 7, 2017
This was a 30 million dollar compound with a Winery. So sorry this is happening to anyone but Murdoch is someone who can afford to rebuild: #LAFires Just Destroyed Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch’s Home https://t.co/HAIvrPffuH
— Jeannie Hartley (@Jeannie_Hartley) December 7, 2017
I know I maybe shouldn’t feel the schadenfreude, but the home of Rupert Murdoch, peddler of climate denial, burning down gives me all of the feels. pic.twitter.com/YDI1bIhN18
— Sandi Behrns 🔥 (@SandiBehrns) December 6, 2017
— Kellan Martz (@KellanMartz) December 6, 2017
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