Wildfires have burned thousands of acres across Southern California this week, particularly in the northern and western edges of Los Angeles.
Among the neighborhoods that has fallen victim to the blazes is the posh neighborhood of Bel Air, where executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and acting CEO of Fox News Rupert Murdoch bought a $30 million compound and vineyard in 2013.
Now, NBC and CBS are reporting that the wildfires have burned down the Australian media mogul and right-wing propagandist’s luxury estate. The property includes a house, guesthouse, office building, wine cave, and the 13-acre Moraga Vineyards — described as “the only commercial vineyard in Los Angeles.”
Rupert Murdoch's house is being reported as burning right now. That would explain Donald's tweet this morning. Was worried about his friends homes in Bel Air. pic.twitter.com/AQ3cyl7xe0
— Grumpydude (@1stGrumpydude) December 6, 2017
NBC news in LA is reporting that the wildfires are now burning down Rupert Murdoch's house.
— David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) December 6, 2017
Apparently Rupert Murdoch did. His home just went up in flames as per NBC and CBS.
— AlternativeFacts (@rsammysams) December 6, 2017
Needless to say, the damage caused by the wildfires is a tragedy, though some users on Twitter found coverage of Murdoch’s home in flames to be a matter of karma, given that Murdoch called climate change “alarmist nonsense.”
Meanwhile, the Union of Concerned Scientists have outlined how climate change has increased the intensity and frequency of wildfires in the Western U.S. This year saw a record-setting wildfire season in California
— Linda (@lmcd9999_l) December 6, 2017
fortunately for rupert murdoch, climate change is a myth https://t.co/gOdbeuVooQ
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) December 6, 2017
OMG — now NBC is reporting the fire is burning down Rupert Murdoch's house! I take it back — this is God's will!
— JC Collingwood (@CACollingwood) December 6, 2017
Meanwhile, fires caused by Rupert Murdoch are now burning down our democracy. https://t.co/JmHbK6wTTg
— Zach Wurtzebach (@wurtzebach) December 6, 2017
Speaking of global warming catastrophes, I hear your $30m estate is currently on fire due to the wildfires raging in So. Cal.
— The BeanerSchnitzel (@TheBSchnitzel) December 6, 2017
Murdoch, through Fox News, has supported the Trump administration to the extent that it’s become the unofficial mouthpiece of the White House. President Donald Trump has called Murdoch a “very good friend” and allegedly seeks counsel from the media mogul regularly.