Media Matters President and CEO Angelo Carusone released the following statement after The Hollywood Reporter published a story reporting that former 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch has resigned from the board of News Corp., severing his last remaining tie to the News Corp./Fox businesses:
At the center of Fox News and News Corp. is Murdoch control.
Today, James Murdoch made it clear that he no longer wants to be associated with the damage that his family’s media properties continue to do to society. The blame going forward now rests squarely with Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch.
If James Murdoch hadn’t already left Fox Corp. last year, you would have seen him quit Fox Corp. today too.
It’s hard to blame him. In this year alone, Fox News has put the lives of Americans at risk spreading dangerous medical misinformation about the pandemic, prevented effective government action to save lives and the economy, stoked racial tensions by elevating and promoting white supremacists in the network, and served as a mouthpiece for Trump’s conspiracy theories and extremism.
The Murdochs’ money comes from making America sicker, weaker, more divided, and less competitive around the world.
While his action of resigning alone does not absolve him of the blood on his hands caused by decades of Murdoch deceit, it’s an important step to no longer being part of the problem.
James Murdoch was formerly the CEO of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, parent companies of Fox News. He was chairman of News Corp.’s British newspaper arm until he stepped down after a U.K. phone-hacking scandal in 2012. He has also served as an executive in several other of his father Rupert Murdoch’s companies.