Rupert Murdoch’s son lashes out against Fox and his father’s other news outlets for climate change coverage
In the past year James Murdoch has stepped away from the family’s business — and its politics. He and his wife Kathryn have made statements that set them apart from the Murdochs’ conservative bent.
“They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”
Some commentators and hosts on Fox News have also blamed the fires on arsonists.
It’s not the first time the younger Murdoch, who left the family business but continues to sit on News Corps’ board, has criticized his father’s company. But this is one of the strongest condemnations yet.
“I find it unconscionable to continue working for this company, knowing I am contributing to the spread of climate change denial and lies. The reporting I have witnessed in the Australian, the Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun is not only irresponsible, but dangerous and damaging to our communities and beautiful planet that needs us more than ever now to acknowledge the destruction we have caused and start doing something about it,” she wrote.
A spokesperson for Fox did not respond to a request for comment on James and Kathryn’s statement.
News Corp, which declined to comment, has previously denied it has helped promote climate change denial, telling The New York Times last week the company has “recognized Australia is having a conversation about climate change and how to respond to it.”
“It is clear that confronting the bushfire disaster in Australia requires both an immediate response and an ongoing investment in rebuilding the lives and livelihoods of those most affected by the fires across the country,” Rupert Murdoch said in a statement announcing the donation. “As a company with roots in Australia and an abiding commitment to its people and communities, we are determined to help, both in this time of great need, and well into the future, as the hard work of restoration continues.”