James Murdoch Quit Father’s News Empire Because It Legitimizes ‘Disinformation’

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"The mission really should be to introduce fact to disperse doubt — not to sow doubt, to obscure fact."

James Murdoch, the son of Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch, says he quit the board of News Corp because his father’s news empire legitimizes “disinformation,” saying in a recent interview that great news organizations should “not sow doubt, to obscure fact.”

The Independent reports:

In an interview with the New York Times, Mr Murdoch expanded on the statement he gave when he left his father Rupert Murdoch’s company earlier this year, expressing his discomfort with the toxicity of Fox News and other media outlets owned by the company.

  • The younger Murdoch said in July that he was leaving “due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”
  • Last week, he told The Times: “I reached the conclusion that you can venerate a contest of ideas, if you will, and we all do, and that’s important. But it shouldn’t be in a way that hides agendas.”
  • Murdoch continued,

“A contest of ideas shouldn’t be used to legitimise disinformation. And I think it’s often taken advantage of. And I think at great news organisations, the mission really should be to introduce fact to disperse doubt — not to sow doubt, to obscure fact, if you will.”

  • “I think there’s only so much you can do if you’re not an executive, you’re on the board, you’re quite removed from a lot of the day-to-day decisions, obviously,” Murdoch said during the interview. “And if you’re uncomfortable with those decisions, you have to take stock of whether or not you want to be associated and can you change it or not. I decided that I could be much more effective outside.”

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Comments (1)
No. 1-1

Wow, I guess I figured if I wanted to influence an organization it would be handy to be on the board, especially if I was the founders son. At the very least he could be a thorn in their side.

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