James Murdoch, son of media mogul and News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch, has slammed his family’s media empire for its “ongoing” climate change denialism.
James Murdoch’s comments follow the heavy criticism of News Corp mastheads such as The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun and their coverage of the wildfires currently ravaging Australia.
A spokesperson for Murdoch and his wife told The Daily Beast: “Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known.
“They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”
Rupert Murdoch consistently denies there are any climate change deniers working at News Corp, despite popular columnist like Andrew Bolt being a well-known skeptic of the link between humans and climate change.
Just recently, News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller also came out and said the media group “does not deny climate change” following an email leaked to the press from News Corp commercial finance manager Emily Townsend in which she criticised the coverage of the bushfires, calling it an irresponsible misinformation campaign.
Miller said: “Contrary to what some critics have argued, News Corp does not deny climate change or the gravity of its threat. However, we – as is the traditional role of a publisher- do report a variety of views and opinions on this issue and many others that are important in the public discourse on the fires.”
It is not often there is a public dispute between the Murdoch family. While James Murdoch serves as a News Corp board member, he plays a much less active role in the family business than his brother Lachlan who is co-chairman of News Corp and the chief executive of Fox Corporation.
Lachlan is also regarded as more conservative than James who typically disagrees with the editorial stance of Fox News, which regularly doubts climate science.