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Tech & Science James Murdoch is fed up with his father's companies' climate denial in News Corp and Fox's coverage of the Australian bushfires

20:35  14 january  2020
20:35  14 january  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

News Corp pledges $5 million for fire relief

  News Corp pledges $5 million for fire relief News Corp has announced it will make an initial AUD $5 million contribution to Australia’s bushfire relief efforts. The donation will benefit firefighting crews, emergency services and communities worst affected by the drought crisis. “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,” Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch said.

Rupert Murdoch ’ s News Corp and Fox cited for ‘frustrating’ coverage of Australian bushfires . James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn issued a rare joint statement directly criticising his father ’ s James Murdoch was most recently the chairman of the family’ s 21st Century Fox entertainment

His father was forced to address the climate issue at News Corp ’ s annual general meeting in New York in November following a question delivered via proxy from Australian shareholder In response Miller defended the companies ’ coverage . “ News Corp stands by its coverage of the bushfires .

James Murdoch wearing a suit and tie: James Murdoch, son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. James Murdoch, son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
  • Rupert Murdoch's son and daughter-in-law issued a sharp condemnation of Murdoch-owned publications, telling The Daily Beast they were disappointed in the climate-change denialism amid the deadly bushfire crisis in Australia.
  • "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," a spokesperson for the couple told The Daily Beast.
  • The fires have destroyed millions of acres and are thought to have killed nearly one billion animals in recent weeks and months. Critics have seized on Murdoch-owned news publications, accusing them of fuelling misinformation on the crisis.
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The son of the global media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has issued a statement decrying coverage from News Corp and Fox News on the role climate change has played in the deadly Australian bushfires.

James Murdoch breaks ranks over 'climate change denial'

  James Murdoch breaks ranks over 'climate change denial' James Murdoch has accused his family's global media empire of promoting climate denialism in a stunning attack on News Corporation's climate coverage.The comments represent a rare public dispute among members of the Murdoch family about News Corp's editorial direction.

James and his wife issued a statement on Monday amid growing criticism of News Corp and Fox ' s handling of the crisis. They said they were 'frustrated' that there was an 'ongoing denial ' of climate change across James ' father ' s Australian newspapers. The Australian newspapers have, under

One of Rupert Murdoch ’ s sons has lashed out at the coverage of Australia‘ s wildfires in news media owned by his father ’ s companies . Related: Tennis player collapses due to wildfire smoke. Australia wildfires: James Murdoch 'frustrated and disappointed' by Fox and News Corp coverage of crisis.

James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn Murdoch released a statement through a spokesperson condemning largely conservative, Murdoch-owned media outlets that have downplayed or avoided covering the effects of climate change.

"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," the spokesperson told The Daily Beast. "They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary."

The Australian bushfires have ripped through millions of acres and are thought to have killed an estimated one billion animals in recent weeks and months, while scientists and activists have sought to highlight the role climate change has played in the increasing temperatures and severe drought conditions across Australia.

James Murdoch breaks ranks over 'climate change denial'

  James Murdoch breaks ranks over 'climate change denial' James Murdoch has accused his family's global media empire of promoting climate denialism in a stunning attack on News Corporation's climate coverage.The comments represent a rare public dispute among members of the Murdoch family about News Corp's editorial direction.

Coverage of the climate crisis by News corp -owned publications, which are typically right-wing in tone James has distanced himself from the company , while Lachlan is officially his father ’ s heir. Tangent: Murdoch is estimated by Forbes to be worth .6 billion. Hit HBO drama Succession is

News Corp ’ s paper says its journalists report the facts but critics say it publishes misleading claims. There have been lots (understatement alert) examples of climate science denial at The Australian In 2013 a study of News Corp ’ s coverage of climate change found it was a dominant voice in the

News Corp Australia publications saturate the country's media market with more than 140 newspapers and 3,000 journalists, according to The Daily Beast. The news outlet reported that other members of the Murdoch family declined to comment on the issue.

But Kathryn and James Murdoch are not the only to speak out about News Corp's coverage of the bushfires. A recent analysis published in The New York Times found that Murdoch-owned news publications have propelled misinformation on the crisis, exaggerating the role arsonists played in the blazes and downplaying the effects of climate change.

Leaked emails from a News Corp Australia employee also revealed discontent within the company over its coverage of the crisis.

A commercial finance manager for the company, Emily Townsend, sent an all-staff email condemning the publications' "misinformation campaign."

10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

  10 things you need to know this morning in Australia Hello hello. Let's get it. 1. In what the $7 trillion investment firm BlackRock's CEO Larry Fink calls a "fundamental reshaping of finance", climate change will become the centre of the company's investment strategy going forward. Fink says this will involve exiting investments with “high sustainability-related risk" like thermal coal producers, and warned that risk will cause a “significant” reallocation of capital “sooner than most anticipate.” This could be quite significant.2. There's been a lot of hubbub recently about the role News Corp papers play in the world of climate change denial.

Emily Townsend says News Corp ' s coverage of the crisis has diverted attention from climate change. An employee of Australian media organisation News Corp has lashed out at the company for "irresponsible" coverage of the current bushfires engulfing parts of the country.

News Corp outlets were accused of stifling stories about the extent of the fires as bots and trolls on social media fuel false arson claims. The bushfires devastating Australia are burning amid waves of disinformation spread over social media and criticism for some of the country' s top news outlets over

"I find it unconscionable to continue working for this company, knowing I am contributing to the spread of climate change denial and lies," Townsend wrote. "The reporting I have witnessed in The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and 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."

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  • Jeff Bezos is getting slammed for his donation of $US690,000 to the Australian wildfire recovery, which is less than he made every 5 minutes in 2018
  • Rupert Murdoch's News Corp criticised for misleading bushfire coverage amplified by trolls and bots
  • Thousands of Australians are calling for their prime minster's resignation. He's vowed to keep exporting coal, despite the link between fires and climate change.

Seven billionaire Kerry Stokes pledges $10 million to bushfire relief .
The media and mining tycoon is the latest business magnate to help in the Australian bushfire crisis, promising to contribute $10 million through his companies to relief and rebuilding efforts.Seven Group Holdings, which includes Seven West Media, mining equipment maker WesTrac, Coats and SGH Energy, and Mr Stokes' private investment vehicle Australian Capital Equity will contribute $5 million each to fire-fighting efforts and the rebuilding of communities and infrastructure, the billionaire said in a memo to Seven Group's staff.

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