Rupert Murdoch’s son James quits News Corp in climate change row

Posted: August 1, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, News
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Someone else who can’t believe the climate can change naturally. But it always has done so.
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He resigns from the influential media company’s board, citing “disagreements over editorial content”, reports BBC News.

In a filing to US regulators, he said he also disagreed with some “strategic decisions” made by the company.

The exact nature of the disagreements was not detailed.

But Mr Murdoch has previously criticised News Corp outlets, which include the Wall Street Journal, for climate change coverage.

In recent years James Murdoch has also found himself at odds – politically – with his father, BBC North America correspondent David Willis says.

Whilst Murdoch Senior has pledged support for Donald Trump, James Murdoch has reportedly contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaign of Mr Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

James Murdoch’s departure from News Corp would, our correspondent says, appear to grant even more influence to his brother Lachlan who is generally thought to share his father’s more conservative views.

Rupert, News Corp’s executive chairman, and Lachlan, co-chairman, wished James well in a joint statement.

“We’re grateful to James for his many years of service to the company,” the statement said. “We wish him the very best in his future endeavours.”

News Corp also owns The Times, The Sun and The Sunday Times in the UK, as well as a stable of Australian newspapers, including The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and The Herald Sun.

What do we know about past disagreements?

Earlier this year, amid devastating wildfires in Australia, James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn expressed their frustration with climate change coverage by News Corp and Fox.

Their spokesperson told The Daily Beast they were “particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”

Rupert Murdoch has described himself as a climate change “sceptic” and denies employing climate deniers.

But critics of News Corp pointed to its comment articles and reporting of the alleged role of arson in the wildfires as minimising the impact of a changing climate.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. Good, we need a press that is not taken in by the lies of the socialists who call themselves “climate scientists”. Global warming infers heat transfer but the subjects of thermodynamics and Heat Transfer are engineering which none of the so-called scientists understands.

  2. oldbrew says:

    But critics of News Corp pointed to its comment articles and reporting of the alleged role of arson in the wildfires as minimising the impact of a changing climate.

    How dare they mention any relevant facts 🙄

  3. Graeme No.3 says:

    oldbrew:
    Every time The Australian runs an article on “global warming” the comments run hot with multiple comments from a few believers in AGW trying to dispute the facts. You can count them on your fingers (and not necessarily use all of them).
    They are desperate to try and swamp the truth with their propaganda. What I find infuriates them is posting examples of similar changes in the past. One (aptly self named sillyfilly) claimed that the Little Ice Age was caused by Milankovitch cycles. Unfortunately I don’t take much time over them so wasn’t to rebut that nonsense before comments were closed, otherwise I would have asked if she meant the 41,000 year cyle or the 26,000 one.

  4. Gamecock says:

    I’m glad it ended this way. James was poison for News Corp.

  5. Tim Spence says:

    Good news.

  6. pochas94 says:

    Too bad to lose another Global Warming “expert.”

  7. hunterson7 says:

    So a billionaire has a temper tantrum because some of the hired help are not indulging his obsession.

  8. ren says:

    Hurricane Isaias will move closely along the US east coast all the way to Canada. Will cause huge material losses.

  9. Paul Vaughan says:

    Separation of “Philanthropic” Big Tech Corporations FROM State

    Tyrannical lockdown in Melbourne.
    C[]Rship just HIT the roof.

    Poor have endured decades of joblessness and homelessness.
    Everyone said it wasn’t appropriate for government to help.

    Corona threatened ONE rich person for ONE second:
    STOP THE WORLD!!!

    “If that’s your best, your best won’t do.” — Twisted Sister

    This Melbourne move switched my thinking hard:

    Big Tech and Western governments have worked together to stage a coup …with US military backing. Both political left and right are caught in the scheme.

    Censorship WON’T help anyone see how thinking in the populace is changing with viciously savage developments like this. This Melbourne move is pure game-changer.

    Monstrous Profit, Monstrous Abuse

    Hubristic Western “leaders” are out-of-control. Running a democracy is not like running a monstrous big tech mono pole lie. They’ve gone too far. With humility: What do we do? What’s happening is STRICTLY unacceptable. All indicators suggest they’re going to do more of it — LOTS more of it.

    With humility: How do we stop them peacefully? Frankly, not for a second do I think such hubristic “leaders” can be stopped peacefully — and this is what makes the whole situation terrifying enough that I feel a sense of responsibility to communicate. Censorship and social pressure aren’t the answer. Blunt, frank expression might actually help correct course.

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