James Murdoch denounces father's news outlets for climate change denial

Clay Curtis
January 15, 2020

James and his wife Kathryn Murdoch told The Daily Beast of their frustration with News Corp and Fox coverage of the climate issue.

In response to that ordeal, News Corp Australia's head honcho Michael Miller said "Australia is having a serious conversation about climate change and how to respond to it", but continued to focus on arson as a central factor in the intensity and severity of the ongoing bushfires.

James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn took a swipe at the company in a joint statement published on the USA website the Daily Beast.

Murdoch's News Corp owns a large chunk of Australia's media, and has been criticized for coverage that suggested the fires are noworse than they were in the past, or that they are caused by arsonists, not climate change.

A widely-shared article by The Australian detailing the number of people charged with arson since the beginning of the fire season was derided for being misleading and including a number of inaccuracies.

Rupert Murdoch has described himself as a climate sceptic.

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"I'm very comfortable staying in the background and continuing to work quietly".

One longtime News Corp executive told the Daily Beast that the statement from James is a direct attack on his brother Lachlan and father Rupert, who remains the chairman of News Corp.

Murdoch has denied that News Corp employees do not believe in climate change.

New York Times Australian bureau chief Damien Cave documented in a story last week how News Corp's properties are spreading anti-climate "misinformation" about the Australian bushfire crisis.

In addition, News Corp. The dedication and professionalism of our journalists and photographers have kept the community - particularly those Australians affected directly - informed and supported.

Even then, questions remain over how much influence James Murdoch could have in the day-to-day operations of both News Corp and American TV juggernaut Fox Corporation.

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