James Murdoch says he left his father’s information empire because it legitimizes ‘disinformation’


James Murdoch stepped down from News Corp’s board over disagreements over how decisions were made, arguing that the big news agencies should not “cast doubt on, obscure the facts.”

In an interview with the New York TimesMr Murdoch expanded on the statement he made when he left the company of his father Rupert Murdoch earlier this year, expressing his discomfort at the toxicity of Fox News and other media belonging to the company.

In July, he said he was leaving “due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”

Mr Murdoch said, “I have come to the conclusion that you can worship a competition of ideas, if you will, and we all do, and that’s important. But it shouldn’t be in a way that hides calendars.

“A competition of ideas should not be used to legitimize disinformation. And I think we often take advantage of it. And I think in the big news agencies the mission should really be to introduce facts to dispel doubt – not to sow doubt, to obscure facts, if you will.

Mr Murdoch explained that he was feeling more and more uncomfortable with his position on the board and that it was “not such a difficult decision to step down and have some sort of cleaner slate ”.

Mr Murdoch and his older brother Lachlan had shown contempt for Roger Ailes during his management of Fox News, but he was unable to reshape the focus and direction of the network after Mr Ailes left in 2016.

“I think there’s not much you can do if you’re not an executive, if you’re a board member you’re quite removed from a lot of day-to-day decisions, obviously,” he said. “And if you’re not comfortable with those decisions, you have to figure out whether or not you want to be associated and can you change it or not. I decided that I could be much more efficient on the outside.

Mr. Murdoch and his wife, Kathryn, have in the past expressed frustration with News Corp’s coverage of the Trump administration and climate change.

Their foundation, Quadrivium, supports voter participation, democratic reform and climate change projects.

the Time reports that during the 2020 election cycle he donated to Pete Buttigieg and gave $ 1.23million (£ 940,000) to Joe Biden, which he intends to vote for next month.


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