James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch, and his wife have released a statement attacking climate change denial in the Fox News Channel, headed by his brother Lachlan. The Murdoch Family owns News Corporation and Fox News Channel, two media organizations with staunch climate deniers in their midst.
A spokesperson for James and his wife Kathryn 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.”
News Corp Australia, owned by News Corp, is a dominant media force in the region. The Murdoch family are native Australians. Australia has been experiencing the worst fires the country has seen in decades. Thousands of acres have burned and a billion animals are estimated to have been killed.
James Murdoch is the CEO of a private investment company he founded, but sits on the board of News Corporation. One News Corporation executive spoke to the Daily Beast and said, “The majority of people who work here agree with James. We are hoping this may be the tipping point.”
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