James Murdoch resigned from the News Corp board of directors because of disagreement on how decisions were made, arguing that large news organizations “shouldn’t sow doubts in order to cover up facts”.
In an interview with the New York TimesMr Murdoch expanded his testimony when he left his father Rupert Murdoch’s company earlier this year, expressing his discomfort at the toxicity of Fox News and other media outlets for the company.
In July, he said he would leave “due to disagreements over certain editorial content posted by the company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”
Mr Murdoch said, “I have come to the conclusion that you can worship an ideas contest, if you will, and all of us, and that is important. 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. ”
Mr. Murdoch stated that he was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with his position on the board and that “it is not that difficult to remove me and have some kind of cleaner slate”.
Both Mr Murdoch and older brother Lachlan had despised Roger Ailes while leading Fox News, but he was unable to reshape the focus and direction of the network after Mr Ailes left in 2016.
“I think there is so much you can only do if you are not an executive, are on the board and are 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. ”
Both Mr Murdoch and wife Kathryn have historically expressed frustration with the News Corp titles’ coverage of the Trump administration and climate change.
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The Times reports that he donated to Pete Buttigieg during the 2020 election cycle and gave Joe Biden $ 1.23 million (£ 940,000) to vote for next month.
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