James Murdoch has said he left his father's media empire because it "legitimized disinformation" and condemned "crazy" Trump for "infecting the US with cruelty" and downplaying COVID-19.
Media mogul's youngest son Rupert Murdoch and his second wife Anna told the New York Times about his decision to break free from the family business, saying he pulled the rip cord because he was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with News Corp and Fox. Legitimate disinformation and deny climate change.
In a major departure from his father's Fox business, which has long been an ally of the President, Murdoch has also blown Trump's "madness" of denying the dangers of the pandemic, saying, "It is no accident that the number of hate crimes in this country is increasing. " since he entered the White House.
Murdoch, 47, sensationally resigned from the News Corp board of directors in late July. and referred to "Disagreement over certain editorial content published by the company's news outlets".
News Corp is one of the Murdoch family's two major media conglomerates; the other is Fox Corporation, which was formed after the Walt Disney Company acquired a majority stake in 21st Century Fox last year.
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James Murdoch (pictured) has said he left his father's media empire because it "legitimizes disinformation" and condemns "mad" Trump for "infecting the US with cruelty" and downplaying COVID-19
Murdoch told the Times it was "not such a difficult decision" to retire from News Corp because of major disagreements with his father and brother Lachlan over how to run the business.
He accused the news organization of "hiding agendas," "sowing doubts," and "covering up facts" to its audience at a time when Trump blew up other outlets for spreading so-called fake news, heaping praise on conservative outlet Fox.
"I've come to the conclusion that you can revere an ideas contest if you will, and we all do, and that's important," he told the Times.
“But it shouldn't be that agendas remain hidden. An ideas competition should not be used to legitimize disinformation.
“And I think it's often taken advantage of. And I think with big news organizations the mission really should be to introduce facts to dispel doubts – not to sow doubts, to obscure facts, if you will. & # 39;
Murdoch said he was "increasingly uncomfortable" with the company's insides and was "pulling the rip cord".
"I have always felt uncomfortable with my position on the board as I had some disagreements about how certain decisions are made," he said.
"So it wasn't that difficult to move away and have some kind of cleaner slate."
Murdoch said he felt he couldn't change the company from the inside out and therefore didn't want to be associated with it anymore.
Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch (left to right) at Rupert's 2016 wedding to Jerry Hall. 47-year-old James sensationally resigned from the News Corp board of directors in late July. accused of "disagreement over certain editorial content published by the company's news outlets" when he ran into his brother and father over management
Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch (left to right) in 2017. The youngest son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his second wife Anna told the New York Times that he had pulled the cord from the family empire because he was feeling increasingly uncomfortable. "legitimize" disinformation and deny climate change with News Corp and Fox
"I think there is so much you can do when you are not an executive, on the board, and obviously far from many day-to-day decisions," he said.
“And if you are uncomfortable with these decisions, you need to take stock of whether or not you want to be connected and you can change that or not.
"I've decided that I can be a lot more effective outside."
He added that he had "argued about politics" with my father since I was a teenager.
Murdoch told the Times that his new ventures include investing in startups created to combat fake news and the spread of disinformation.
He said fake news was "terrifying" because it "undermines our ability to tell what is true and what is not" and said the spread of disinformation is "only at the beginning, as far as I can tell".
In a major departure from his father's Fox business, which has long been an ally of the President, Murdoch has also blown Trump's "craziness" for downplaying COVID-19, blaming him for the rise in hate crimes across America
Murdoch with his wife Kathryn in 2016. Kathryn also told the Times that she was shocked that some people and organizations – including her husband's family business – are still denying its existence in 2020
Rupert Murdoch and Trump in 2017. The President has a close relationship with Fox
THE MURDOCH FAMILY MEDIA EMPIRE
RUPERT MURDOCH, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF NEWS CORP
The Australian-born Mughal began building his media empire in Australia in the 1950s by acquiring numerous publications before entering the UK newspaper market in 1969 and expanding to the US in 1974.
He founded News Corporation in 1980, which quickly grew to become one of the largest media groups in the world with assets in the print, news and television sectors.
In 2013, News Corporation split into two sister companies, News Corp and 21st Century Fox. The latter was later renamed Fox Corporation after the bulk of its assets were sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2019.
Murdoch is currently Executive Chairman of News Corp and Chairman of Fox Corporation. It's worth an estimated $ 17 billion.
LACHLAN MURDOCH, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN AND CEO of FOX CORPORATION, CO-CHAIR of NEWS CORP
Lachlan Murdoch, 48, the eldest of the Murdoch children, is the heir to News Corp. Executive Chairman Rupert and Co-Chairman of News Corp. Following the sale of 21st Century Fox, he was named Executive Chairman and CEO of Fox Corp in 2019 after Disney.
Prior to the sale, younger brother James was the company's CEO and Lachlan was the chairman of the board. Lachlan is also the chairman of Australian entertainment company NOVA Entertainment, which operates a number of radio stations across the country.
JAMES MURDOCH, FORMER BOARD MEMBER OF NEWS CORP
Rupert Murdoch's younger son, James, 47, had served on the News Corp. board of directors since 2013. He and his brother Lachlan had shared power at 21st Century Fox, but the sale of much of the Fox entertainment business to Disney in 2019 caused James to leave as CEO.
Since then he has been at the helm of the Lupa Systems investment fund.
James is considered more liberal than his older brother, the CEO of Fox Corp. is home to the conservative news network Fox News, Fox radio and sports networks, and local television broadcasters.
James criticized News Corp.'s editorial choices. and said he disagreed with Fox News reporting. He resigned from the Board of Management on July 31, 2020.
PRUDENCE MURDOCH, NON EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER OF NEWS CORP
Prudence Murdoch, 62, is the eldest child of Rupert Murdoch in his first marriage to Patricia Booker.
She used to work as a journalist for the now defunct British tabloid News of the World, which was owned by her father.
Cleverness was once described in the media as "the only one of (Murdoch's) children who does not directly compete for business interests".
ELISABETH MURDOCH, MEDIA EXECUTIVE AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE SHINE GROUP
Elisabeth is Rupert Murdoch's daughter from his second marriage to Anna Maria Torv. Born in Sydney, she moved to London in the 1990s where she worked on the operational side of BSkyB, which was run by her father.
She founded the UK-based television programming company Shine Limited in 2001, which was sold to News Corp ten years later.
She is currently Executive Chairman of the Sister production company.
Grace and Chloe Murdoch
The sisters, aged 19 and 17, are Rupert's daughters from his third marriage to Wendi Deng.
He is also funding a research program to study how society is being manipulated by technology, including mass surveillance and 5G.
In addition to spreading "disinformation", Murdoch revealed other major disagreements, including his father's unwillingness to replace Roger Ailes with former CBS News President David Rhodes in 2016 after Ailes was charged with sexual harassment at Fox on multiple occasions.
The Harvard dropout also pointed to the huge disagreements over climate change.
Murdoch, who announced plans to make Sky carbon neutral in 2006, told The Times that climate change was "a crisis".
"The climate is also a public health crisis," he said when asked about the coronavirus.
His wife Kathryn also told the Times that she was shocked that some people and organizations – including her husband's family business – still deny its existence in 2020.
"I never thought that we would actually be at the point where we would have an impact on climate change and people would still deny it," she said.
The couple have long been a sustainability advocate, but the differences with News Corp really came to a head in January when they said they were "frustrated" when Fox proposed a theory that climate change was not responsible for the Australian wildfires, which destroyed more than 46 million acres nationwide.
Murdoch also tried to dispel rumors that he was about to take the helm at Disney after urging News Corp to reach a deal with the entertainment giant.
"I decided pretty soon after we closed that I didn't want to stay in business," he said.
He added, "We never really talked that far about going to Disney because I let them know, because they were really trying to figure out," OK, what's the structure like? And so on. "I called Bob (Iger) and said, 'Look, you have to design this without me."
Murdoch went on to beat Trump up, calling his administration "dangerous" and blaming him for a surge in hate crimes across America.
"I'm just concerned that the leadership we have seems to me to be just calluses and a level of cruelty that I think is really dangerous and that then infects the population," he said.
"It is no coincidence that the number of hate crimes in this country has risen for the first time in a long time in the past three years."
He blew up Trump's handling of coronavirus, saying his comparison of the virus to the flu "from day one" was "insane".
Trump has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the virus and refused to wear a mask for several months as cases increased across the country and health experts urged Americans to wear face covers to slow the spread.
The president tested positive for the virus last week and was hospitalized for four days. After his condition worsened, he was given experimental drugs for treatment.
Now he's out of the hospital and he's returned to his stance of downplaying the virus. He has told people not to fear the virus that has killed more than 200,000 Americans, claiming it was "cured".
Murdoch also showed disapproval for Fox's very close relationship with the president.
When asked about Sean Hannity, who compared Trump's actions during the pandemic to President Roosevelt's leadership and his “We have nothing to fear but to fear ourselves” speech in 1933, he said, “It's a little much. "
Murdoch threw his support behind Joe Biden and said “hell yeah” when asked if he would vote for the Democratic candidate in the November election.
He donated Pete Buttigieg in elementary school and donated $ 1.23 million to Biden's campaign.
James was previously CEO of 21st Century Fox but stepped down after the sale.
Since then he has headed the Lupa Systems investment fund.
Rupert Murdoch designed his businesses for the benefit of his family, making sure he and his children were always in control.
But the media tycoon has left his children with no plan for the future of his media empire and has refused to officially name an heir despite making no secret of his favorite child – Lachlan.
Lachlan, Murdoch's older son, is the "golden child" according to multiple sources – not his eldest child Prudence or the next in line, Elisabeth, who has achieved incredible success outside the family business in emerging media markets.
James, who stood by his side for decades and survived the aftermath of the 2011 News of the World hacking scandal and the 2016 sexual assault scandal on Fox News, is also not the firm favorite.
The media mogul is the father of six children between the ages of 61 and 16.
News Corp also publishes major newspapers in Australia and the UK and owns HarperCollins book publisher.
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