“Nepo babies” — short for nepotism babies — are the children of high-profile people who likely benefited from their parents’ connections, fame, and insider industry knowledge to catapult their own careers. From blog contributors to Fox Corp. executives, nepo babies are a staple of the right-wing media universe.
Nepo babies are common across all sectors of business and society, including Hollywood, academia, and politics. The children of nepotists can seemingly rely on their trickle-down clout for a foot in the door, surpassing those who must find their industry footing on their own.
The exploration of nepo babies came to prominence recently after TikTokers began drawing connections between young stars and their parents. A New York magazine story dubbed “How a Nepo Baby Is Born” expanded the analysis of nepotism in American media and spurred content examining nepotism across various sectors.
Nepotism among right-wing media figures informs aspects of the media beyond the echo chamber of conservative platforms. There are nepotistic right-wing media and political connections across the American media landscape, from the mainstream media to the far-right. It also exemplifies the revolving door between the media and the Republican Party, a longtime pattern.
In right-wing media, some cases of nepotism are overt and celebrated, like the father-son duo of Steve and Peter Doocy of Fox News, while others are more clandestine (see: Tucker Carlson). However, it is important to note that not all nepotistic relationships come down to sharing the same job field or title, as prominence and influence don’t necessarily come down to a job title. Sometimes, having a notable last name or the right leverage in one field can bolster the opportunities for younger generations.
Thus it’s not surprising nepo babies run amok in the right-wing media ecosystem -- drawing their influence from parents either in the media business or politics -- considering it’s an industry steeped in lies, conspiracy theories, and questionable hires. Here is a noncomprehensive list of nepo babies in right-wing media:
Lachlan, James, and Elisabeth Murdoch
Tucker Carlson’s son, Buckley Carlson, is the communications director for Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN).
According to journalist Judd Legum, Buckley Carlson has received an unusually large series of raises during his employment with Banks.
Donald Trump Jr.
Additionally, Shapiro’s mother worked as a television executive.
Alyssa Farah Griffin
Alyssa Farah Griffin is a CNN political commentator, a co-host of ABC’s The View, and a former Trump administration spokesperson. Her father, Joseph Farah, served as the executive news editor at the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner and is the founder of the right-wing conspiracy theory website WorldNetDaily.
Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe is the daughter of lawyer Jeffrey Ferris Boothe, a former staff member of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the 1980s and a legislative assistant to former Sen. Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR).
Harold Ford Jr.
Danielle D’Souza Gill
Fox News resident liberal commentator Jessica Tarlov is a daughter of the late film producer Mark Tarlov.
Fox News contributor Byron York is the son of the late WBRC television personality Tom York.
L. Brent Bozell III
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Hannah Claire Brimelow
Hannah Claire Brimelow is the daughter of white nationalist writer Peter Brimelow. She is a contributor to YouTuber Tim Pool’s right-wing outlet, Timcast, and was reportedly recruited by Timcast Editor-in-Chief Cassandra Fairbanks (who is linked to white nationalists).
Charlotte Pence Bond
Latest updated date (2/13/23): This piece will be continually updated with more examples as they are discovered.