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Bette Midler says she’ll match Pink’s $500K donation to Australia
By MURI ASSUNÇÃO
JAN 11, 2020
Bette Midler has pledged $500,000 to help Australia’s devastating wildfires that have claimed the lives of at least 26 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes since it started in September.
The “Wind Beneath My Wings” singer retweeted a pledge from fellow Grammy Award-winning musician Pink, who wrote Jan. 4 that she was “devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires.”
I stand with you @PINK. I will match you, & while I’m at it, what do you think #RupertMurdoch will be doing for the country of his birth? He recently earned $71 billion from his sale of #20thCenturyFox to #Disney. HIS PAPERS ARE DENYING there is such a thing as #ClimateChange.
https://twitter.com/Pink/status/1213350834672586752 …P!nk?@PinkI am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz 51.6KTwitter Ads info and privacy12.2K people are talking about this
Pink pledged to donate a half-million dollars to help “the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines,” in an emotional tweet that quickly went viral. “My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz,” the “So What” singer wrote.
The message resonated with Midler, who tweeted her response Friday evening — also adding a public dig at Australian-born conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch’s Australian’s media empire News Corp. has been highly criticized for dismissing “the link between climate change and fires,” according to a report by the Australian Broadcast Corporation.
“News Corp.-owned outlets deny climate change link to bushfires as Australians suffer,” according to progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America.
On Thursday, The Guardian reported that a senior News Corp. employee has accused the company of “misinformation” in its bushfire coverage, saying that some of the organization’s papers, including the Australian, the Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun have misrepresented the facts and helped to spread misinformation suggesting that fires were caused by arson, and not climate change.